S & R IAU Researchers Make Paper from Luffa Cylindrica

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 14:17

Researchers from Islamic Azad University, Science and Research branch have created high-resistant papers from Luffa Cylindrica.

According to an ISCA report, the executer of the research project, Ali Kazemi Tabrizi, Wood & Paper PhD student of S & R IAU, pointed to the decline of 3.8 million hectares of Iranian forests over the past few decades and stated that among 56 countries with forest areas, Iran ranked 45 which is a worrying situation.

Using non-wood plants as the raw material for producing things from fibers or wood particles, is a solution which has been neglected. Luffa Cylindrica, a kind of plant which can be used in this field, grow in the northern regions of the country as well as in a warm and humid climate.

He noted that the plant often uses as bath sponges for their gentle exfoliating properties, “based on its properties, we began our research to create paper from the fiber of the plant’s fruit which has the high amount of cellulose and low amount of lignin, a suitable material to prepare pulp.”

The research has been carried out by the executer of the research project, Ali Kazemi Tabrizi in cooperation with S & R IAU faculty members, Dr. Vahid Etghia and Dr. Farhad Zeinali.

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