Nanofibers of cellulose bagasse from Agave tequilana Weber var. azul by electrospinning: preparation and characterization

Miguel Ángel Robles-García, Carmen Lizette Del-Toro-Sánchez, Enrique Márquez-Ríos, Arturo Barrera-Rodríguez, Jacobo Aguilar, José A. Aguilar, Francisco Javier Reynoso-Marín, I. Ceja, R. Dórame-Miranda, Francisco Rodríguez-Félix*

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In this study, cellulose of bagasse from Agave tequilana Weber var. azul was extracted to elaborate nanofibers by the electrospinning technique. Fiber characterization was performed using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), x-ray, Fournier Transform-InfraRed (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and thermal analysis by Differential Scanning Calorimetry-Thermogravimetric Analysis (DSC-TGA). Different diameters (ranging from 54.57 ± 0.02 to 171 ± 0.01 nm) of nanofibers were obtained. Cellulose nanofibers were analyzed by means of x-ray diffraction, where we observed a total loss of crystallinity in comparison with the cellulose, while FT-IR spectroscopy revealed that the hemicellulose and lignin present in the agave bagasse were removed. Thermal analysis showed that nanofibers exhibit enhanced thermal properties, and the zeta potential value (−32.5 mV) demonstrated moderate stability in the sample. In conclusion, the nanofibers obtained provide other alternatives-of-use for this agro-industrial residue and could have potential in various industrial applications, among these encapsulation of bioactive compounds and reinforcing material, to mention a few.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2018

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  • Agave bagasse
  • Cellulose
  • Electrospinning
  • Nanofibers


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