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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 978-982
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.978.982
 
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Dissolution of Philosamia ricini Silk Film: Properties and Functions in Different Solutions

Y. Srisuwan and P. Srihanam

Abstract:
In this study, dissolution of Eri (Philosamia ricini) cocoons in different solutions was investigated and compared with Nang-Lai variety (Bombyx mori) cocoons. The Lithium Bromide (LiBr), calcium nitrate (Ca(NO3)2), Zinc chloride (ZnCl2), Lithium thiocyanate (LiSCN·xH2O), 85% phosphate and mixture (calcium chloride (CaCl2)/Ethanol/H2O; 1:2:8) solution systems were used. Efficiency of the dissolving solution was examined by measuring the percentage of dissolved silk. It was found that the Nang-Lai silk was completely dissolved in all solutions, whereas, Eri silk was slightly dissolved, except for 85% phosphate solution. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra of the Eri silk film composed of β-sheet form than Nang Lai silk film. With thermogravimetric analysis, the Eri silk film showed two stages of thermal decompositions while the Nang-Lai silk was a single stage. In conclusion, thermal stability of the Eri silk was higher than the Nang-Lai silk.
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How to cite this article:

Y. Srisuwan and P. Srihanam, 2009. Dissolution of Philosamia ricini Silk Film: Properties and Functions in Different Solutions. Journal of Applied Sciences, 9: 978-982.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.978.982

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2009.978.982

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