Poly(lactic acid)-based nanocomposites

Arijit Basu, Michael Nazarkovsky, Rohan Ghadi, Wahid Khan, Abraham J. Domb

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Classic plastics accumulate in nature causing environmental pollution, yet as a counterbalance they benefit society in many ways. They are versatile, cost-effective, and can be tailored to have desired properties. The global environment has led to the fabrication of commodity plastics from environmentally degradable polymers. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is the most promising among the environmentally friendly polymers available. PLA-based plastics have mechanical, thermal, and transparency similar to traditional plastics, and they can be molded and fabricated using the same equipment and procedures. Their material properties are enhanced through nanocomposites, compatibilizers, plasticizers, and other fillers (flame retardant, ultraviolet filter, etc.). This review summarizes mass production techniques and property reinforcements (focusing on nanocomposites and plasticizers) for PLA-based plastics for commodity use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-930
Number of pages12
JournalPolymers for Advanced Technologies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • green composites
  • nanocomposites
  • nanofillers
  • plasticizers
  • poly(lactic acid)


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