2011 (English)In: Handbook of Engineering and Speciality Thermoplastics: Polyethers and Polyesters / [ed] S. Thomas and V. P.M., Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, 2011, 349-376 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
The production of durable functional products without using petroleumbased raw materials is a focus of much academic research today but it is also prioritized by many industries. Many questions still remain concerning the use, production and properties of bio-based and/or degradable polymers and whether or not they are more environmentally friendly than oil-based products. Polylactide is a bio-based compostable thermoplastic that is considered as one of the most promising materials for replacement of traditional volume plastics. The properties of polylactide can be tuned to resemble polystyrene, poly(ethylene terephthalate) or polyolefins by controlling the stereochemistry by copolymerization or blending. This chapter reviews the life-cycle of polylactide based materials as well as the properties and applications. The recent trends in the area are also discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, 2011. 349-376 p.
polylactide, PLA, additives, processing, applications
Polymer Chemistry Polymer Technologies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-71100DOI: 10.1002/9781118104729.ch9ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84886173965ISBN: 9780470639269ISBN: 9781118104729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-71100DiVA: diva2:486539
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