Poly(Lactic Acid): Synthesis, Structures, Properties, Processing, and Applications

Poly(Lactic Acid): Synthesis, Structures, Properties, Processing, and Applications

Editor(s): Rafael Auras, Loong-Tak Lim, Susan E. M. Selke, Hideto Tsuji

Published Online: 15 SEP 2010

Print ISBN: 9780470293669

Online ISBN: 9780470649848

DOI: 10.1002/9780470649848

Series Editor(s): Richard F. Grossman, Domasius Nwabunma

About this Book

This book describes the synthesis, properties, and processing methods of poly(lactic acid) (PLA), an important family of degradable plastics. As the need for environmentally-friendly packaging materials increases, consumers and companies are in search for new materials that are largely produced from renewable resources, and are recyclable. To that end, an overall theme of the book is the biodegradability, recycling, and sustainability benefits of PLA. The chapters, from a base of international expert contributors, describe specific processing methods, spectroscopy techniques for PLA analysis, and and applications in medical items, packaging, and environmental use.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Chemistry and Production of Lactic Acid, Lactide, and Poly(Lactic Acid)

    1. Chapter 4

      Design and Synthesis of Different Types of Poly(Lactic Acid) (pages 43–58)

      Ann-Christine Albertsson, Indra Kumari Varma, Bimlesh Lochab, Anna Finne-Wistrand and Kamlesh Kumar

  2. Part II: Properties of Poly(Lactic Acid)

    1. Chapter 6

      Chemical Structure of Poly(Lactic Acid) (pages 67–82)

      Xue Jiang, Yan Luo, Xiuzhi Tian, Dan Huang, Narendra Reddy and Yiqi Yang

    2. Chapter 8

      Optical Properties (pages 97–112)

      Carla M. B. Gonçalves, Joa˜o A. P. Coutinho and Isabel M. Marrucho

  3. Part III: Processing and Conversion of Poly(Lactic Acid)

    1. Chapter 15

      Poly(Lactic Acid)/Starch Blends (pages 217–226)

      Long Yu, Eustathios Petinakis, Katherine Dean and Hongshen Liu

    2. Chapter 16

      Poly(Lactic Acid) Blends (pages 227–271)

      Sukeewan Detyothin, Ajay Kathuria, Waree Jaruwattanayon, Susan E. M. Selke and Rafael Auras

    3. Chapter 18

      Composites (pages 293–310)

      Subrata Bandhu Ghosh, Sanchita Bandyopadhyay-Ghosh and Mohini Sain

  4. Part IV: Degradation and Environmental Issues

    1. Chapter 22

      Enzymatic Degradation (pages 383–399)

      Tadahisa Iwata, Hideki Abe and Yoshihiro Kikkawa

    2. Chapter 25

      Biodegradation (pages 423–430)

      Buenaventurada P. Calabia, Yutaka Tokiwa, Charles U. Ugwu and Seiichi Aiba

  5. Part V: Applications

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