Polylactic acid based blends, composites and nanocomposites

Azman Hassan, Harintharavimal Balakrishnan, Abozar Akbari

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Biopolymers are expected to be an alternative for conventional plastics due to the limited resources and soaring petroleum price which will restrict the use of petroleum based plastics in the near future. PLA has attracted the attention of polymer scientist recently as a potential biopolymer to substitute the conventional petroleum based plastics. The chapter aims to highlight on the recent developments in preparation and characterization of PLA blends (biodegradable and nonbiodegradable blends), PLA composites (natural fiber and mineral fillers) and PLA nanocomposites (PLA/montmorillonite, PLA/carbon nanotubes and PLA/cellulose nanowhiskers).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Natural Polymers
Subtitle of host publicationComposites and Nanocomposites
EditorsP.M Visakh
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvanced Structured Materials
ISSN (Print)1869-8433
ISSN (Electronic)1869-8441

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