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  • Author: Tsai-Yung Chen x
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Extrusion and injection moldings are standard processes for fabricating natural fiber-reinforced plastic composites, but both processes are generally not suitable for production of large-size pieces and products with high loadings of lignocelluloses. In this study, a medium-density bamboo plastic composite (BPC) was completely and successfully manufactured from bamboo fibers and polylactic acid (PLA) in the ratio of 1:1 by the flat-platen pressing process. The effects of pressing and cooling parameters on the thermomechanical properties of the BPCPLA have been investigated. The BPCPLA prepared at temperatures >180°C and cooling rates >10°C min-1 exhibited superior mechanical properties and matrix crystallinity. Under these conditions, a stronger interaction between the filler and the polymer matrix occurs and the mobility of the molecular chains at the interface decreases, which leads to a higher stiffness of the composite.


By color-converting the violet laser diode (VLD) with a cadmium selenide and zinc sulfide (CdSe/ZnS) core-shell-quantum dot (QD) doped polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film, the VLD + CdSe/ZnS core-shell-QD transferred white-light with improved color rendering index (CRI) is demonstrated for high-speed indoor visible lighting communication. To facilitate hue saturation value (HSV) of the VLD + CdSe/ZnS core-shell-QD white-lighting module, dual-sized CdSe/ZnS core-shell-QDs with two luminescent wavelengths centered at 515 and 630 nm are doped into the PDMS. The CdSe/ZnS core-shell-QD doped PDMS phosphor with the optimized thickness of 2.5 mm serves as the beam divergent color-converter, which not only excites red (R) and green (G) fluorescence to detune the correlated color temperature (CCT) and CRI of the mixed red/green/violet (RGV) white-light, but also remains the residual VLD signal for data transmission. With a divergent angle of 127°, such a VLD + CdSe/ZnS core-shell-QD can deliver cold white-light with a CCT of 6389 K and a CRI of 63.3 at Commission International de l’Eclairage coordinate of 0.3214, 0.2755. Most important, the residual VLD light component is relatively weak with its wavelength out of the peak optical sensitivity region of the human retina centered at 441 nm. The directly encoded VLD + CdSe/ZnS core-shell-QD white light successfully carries the 16-quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) discrete multitone data, which supports the maximal transmission data rate of 9.6 Gbit/s with a bit error ratio (BER) of 3.59 × 10−3.