Handbook of Carbon-Based Filler(s) Reinforced PLA Biocomposites: Fundamentals to Applications


Mokgaotsa Jonas Mochane, PhD – Lecturer Department of Life Sciences Central University of Technology Free State Bloemfontein, South Africa
T.C. Mokhena, PhD – Senior Researcher DSI/Mintek – Nanotechnology Innovation Centre Mintek Randburg, South Africa

Series: Polymer Science and Technology
BISAC: SCI097000; SCI026000; SCI050000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/YIPO8060

In the past, petroleum-based polymers were favoured because of low cost, better mechanical properties, and ease of production. The fast production of such polymers has a negative effect on the environment and the economy at large. As an example, the utilization of oil and gas has led to an increase in oil and natural gas prices. Therefore, there is a need for the production and development of biodegradable polymers for sustainable applications of plastics. The positive impact of biodegradable polymers is their ability to degrade in the natural environment. This book covers an in-depth discussion on the synthesis of polylactic acid (PLA) and its applications. Polylactic acid is fabricated from renewable sources such as corn, sorghum wheat and straw. However, there a need for high performance polymer materials in industrial applications, which prompted the researcher to produce biocomposites for advanced applications. In this book, carbon-based fillers incorporated in PLA matrix are discussed in relation to flame retardancy, mechanical properties, and thermal stability for the utilization of such composites in advanced applications.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Carbon Based Fillers: Synthesis, Structure, and Properties

Chapter 2. PLA Matrix: Synthesis Route, Structure, and Properties

Chapter 3. Preparation and Morphology of Carbon-Based Filler(s) Reinforced PLA

Chapter 4. Thermal Stability of PLA/Carbon Based Filler(s) Composites

Chapter 5. Flammability Properties of PLA/Carbon Based Filler(s) Composites

Chapter 6. Mechanical Properties of the PLA/Carbon Based Fillers Composites

Chapter 7. Applications of PLA/Carbon Based Fillers Composites

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