Biodegradable compatibilized poly(L-lactide)/thermoplastic polyurethane blends:design, preparation and property testing

Suthapakti, Kanyarat, Molloy, Robert, Punyodom, Winita, Nalampang, Kanarat, Leejarkpai, Thanawadee, Topham, Paul D. and Tighe, Brian J. (2017). Biodegradable compatibilized poly(L-lactide)/thermoplastic polyurethane blends:design, preparation and property testing. Journal of Environmental Polymer Degradation, in pre ,


Biodegradable blends of poly(l-lactide) (PLL) toughened with a polycaprolactone-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomer and compatibilized with a purpose-designed poly(l-lactide-co-caprolactone) (PLLCL) copolymer were prepared. Both 2-component (PLL/TPU) and 3-component (PLL/TPU/PLLCL) blends of various compositions were prepared by melt mixing, hot-pressed into thin films and their properties tested. The results showed that, although the TPU could toughen the PLL, the blends were immiscible leading to phase separation with the TPU domains distributed in the PLL matrix. However, addition of the PLLCL copolymer could partially compatibilize the blend by improving the interfacial adhesion between the two phases. Biodegradability testing showed that the blends were biodegradable and that the PLLCL copolymer could increase the rate of biodegradation under controlled composting conditions. The 3-component blend of composition PLL/TPU/PLLCL = 90/10/10 parts by weight was found to exhibit the best all-round properties.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Polymer and advanced materials research group
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical engineering & applied chemistry
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Uncontrolled Keywords: poly(l-lactide) ,thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer,poly(l-lactide-co-caprolactone) ,immiscible blend,compatibilization,biodegradability,Environmental Engineering,Polymers and Plastics,Materials Chemistry
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Published Date: 2017-07-17
Published Online Date: 2017-07-17
Authors: Suthapakti, Kanyarat
Molloy, Robert
Punyodom, Winita
Nalampang, Kanarat
Leejarkpai, Thanawadee
Topham, Paul D. ( 0000-0003-4152-6976)
Tighe, Brian J.



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