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The addition of charcoal fines can increase the photodegradation resistance of polymeric biocomposites
* 1 , 2 , 3 , 3 , 4 , 4 , 4 , 1
1  Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES)
2  Southwestern Bahia State University (UESB)
3  University of São Paulo, Agriculture College “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ/USP)
4  Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES)
Academic Editor: Miha Humar


This study aims to analyze the addition of widely available, cheap, and biologically-based 12 residues, such as charcoal fines, in the production of polymeric biocomposites reinforced with nat-13 ural fibers subjected to UV-c radiation. The addition of charcoal fines was 0, 10, 20, 30% in the pol-14 ymeric matrix of the biocomposites. Mechanical and chemical properties of the biocomposites were 15 evaluated. The flexural strength was more resistant when subjected to UV-c radiation with 20% 16 filling. These results attested that biocomposites with the addition of vegetative charcoal fines were 17 less susceptible to photodegradation.

Keywords: Charcoal; Biocomposites; Polymeric matrix; Resistance to photodegradation