12. Mechanical Properties of Starch-Based Nanocomposites

  1. Alain Dufresne1,
  2. Sabu Thomas2 and
  3. Laly A. Pothen3
  1. Hélène Angellier-Coussy and
  2. Alain Dufresne

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch12

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

How to Cite

Angellier-Coussy, H. and Dufresne, A. (2013) Mechanical Properties of Starch-Based Nanocomposites, in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications (eds A. Dufresne, S. Thomas and L. A. Pothen), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), The International School of Paper, Print Media, and Biomaterials (Pagora), Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex, France

  2. 2

    School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

  3. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, Kerala, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118218358

Online ISBN: 9781118609958



  • inorganic fillers;
  • mechanical properties;
  • polymeric matrix;
  • reinforcing effect;
  • starch nanocrystals;
  • starch‐based nanocomposites


This chapter reports the mechanical properties of starch‐based nanocomposite materials, considering that the starchy material can be used either as the continuous polymeric phase (matrix), or the nanodispersed phase (filler), or both. The first section of the chapter discusses the reinforcing effect of the different fillers used to improve the mechanical properties of thermoplastic starch, that is, inorganic clays, carbon nanotubes, and polysaccharide‐based (cellulose, starch) nanoparticles and attempts to give a critical comparison of the different reinforcements The second section talks about the reinforcing effect of starch nanocrystals, as well as the mechanisms proposed to explain it.