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Journal of Applied Sciences
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 580 - 584

Structure and Physical Properties of Natural Gellous Materials

Rike Yudianti, Lucia Indrarti and Jun-ichi Azuma    

Abstract: This study presents two types of natural gellous materials as cellulose resources including gellous material synthesized by Acetobacter xylinum in fermentation process of coconut water with common name Bacterial Cellulose (BC) and gellous material isolated from seed of Ocimum americanum called hydrogel. Morphological surface of BC and hydrogel was observed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). These images show randomly arrangement of fibres in three dimensional network having length of 1-5 μm and 3-12μm, respectively in forming a dense reticulated structure. Hydrated fibres were observed evidently by Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) showing that BC and hydrogel have fibres in nanometer scale diameter, 7-10 and 2-3 nm, respectively. At glance, X-Ray diffraction profile of hydrogel shows broadening peaks at 2θ, 16° and 22°. While BC has peaks at 2θ, 14.7, 16.7, 20.5 and 22.5°, attributed to lattice diffractions (100), (010), and (110), respectively. The sharp profile present in BC lead to ordered structure, confirmed by higher crystallinity degree of BC (75%) compared to that’s of hydrogel (35%). Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of BC and hydrogel has values about 5.5 and 39.2 mL g-1, respectively while swelling ability of BC and hydrogel in water is 6.2 and 102.2%, respectively. Neutral sugar compositions of BC resulted in less 0.1% arabinose and rhamnose, 1.1% galactose, 98.5% glucose, 0.2 xylose and 0.2 mannose indicating high cellulose content. Meanwhile, hydrogel contains 11.9% (arabinose), 4.5% (rhamnose), 18.6% (galactose), 50.5% (glucose), 13.2% (xylose), 1.3% (mannose) indicating high hemicellulose contents leading to branching of arabinogalactan attached to cellulose.

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