• composite;
  • Low Field NMR;
  • relaxation time;
  • wood


Summary: The focus of this work was to characterize the molecular dynamic of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS - 5% PB), wood - A (Vochysia divergens) and B (Erisma uncinatum) - and their composites, using solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), by measuring the proton spin-lattice relaxation time (T1H) using a low field NMR, and by thermal analysis as Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). DSC and TGA measurements show that both woods present the same molecular behavior. On the other hand, the spin-lattice relaxation time observed that the water is interfering in the packing and arrangements of cellulose chains due to inter and intra hydrogen molecular interactions, promoting the T1H values changed to high values. T1H shows that the sample B presents a higher rigidity than sample A. However, HIPS presents higher T1H values comparing to wood types. Analyzing the relaxation data for the composites, the values indicate that composites present an interaction between both components.