Chapter 14. Polylactic Acid from Renewable Resources

  1. Dr. Birgit Kamm1,
  2. Dr. Patrick R. Gruber2 and
  3. Michael Kamm3
  1. Patrick Gruber,
  2. David E. Henton and
  3. Jack Starr

Published Online: 30 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527619849.ch31

Biorefineries-Industrial Processes and Products: Status Quo and Future Directions

Biorefineries-Industrial Processes and Products: Status Quo and Future Directions

How to Cite

Gruber, P., Henton, D. E. and Starr, J. (2005) Polylactic Acid from Renewable Resources, in Biorefineries-Industrial Processes and Products: Status Quo and Future Directions (eds B. Kamm, P. R. Gruber and M. Kamm), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527619849.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Research Institute, Bioactive Polymer Systems, biopos e.V. Kantstr. 55, 14513 Teltow, Germany

  2. 2

    President and CEO, Outlast Technologies Inc., 5480 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301, USA

  3. 3

    Biorefinery. de GmbH, Stiftstr. 2, 14471, Potsdam, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 16 DEC 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527310272

Online ISBN: 9783527619849

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Keywords:

  • lactic acid;
  • fermentation;
  • salt splitting technology;
  • green house gases;
  • PLA stereocomplex

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Lactic Acid

  • PLA Production

  • Control of Crystalline Melting Point

  • Rheology Control by Molecular Weight and Branching

  • Melt Stability

  • Applications and Performance

  • PLA Stereocomplex

  • Fossil Resource Use and Green House Gases

  • Summary