Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/2013
Publication Date: 6/20/2013
Citation: Liu, C., Latona, N.P., Taylor, M.M., Latona, R.J. 2013. Effects of bating, pickling, and crosslinking treatments on the characteristics of fibrous networks from un-tanned hides [abstract}. 109th Annual ALCA Convention, June 20-23, 2013, Pinehurst, North Carolina. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The U.S hides and leather industries are facing many challenges today, such as relatively high energy and labor costs; environmental imperatives; quantifying, maintaining, and improving product quality; developing new processes and products; and improving utilization of waste. One of our efforts to address these challenges is to develop new uses and novel biobased products from hides to improve prospective markets and to secure a viable future for the hides and leather industries. We hypothesize collagen fiber networks derived from solid waste of un-tanned hides can be utilized to prepare high performance green composites and air filters, both of which have a great market potential. This study focuses on understanding the effects of processing steps such as bating, pickling, and crosslinking treatments on the morphology and physical properties of the fiber networks derived from un-tanned hides, which will be the starting material for constructing air filters and green composites. Results showed that glutaraldehyde treatment yielded a highly open structure in which the fibers are well separated from each other. This could be attributed to the action of acids during the pickling step.