Polylactic Acid: Synthesis, Properties and Applications


Vincenzo Piemonte (Editor)
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Series: Chemistry Research and Applications
BISAC: SCI013000

This book describes the synthesis, properties and applications of PLA through fourteen original chapters that will guide the reader through a fascinating journey into the world of PLA, providing interesting insights for those who intend to use this polymer for innovative applications, or simply those who want learn more about this very important biodegradable and bio-based plastic. PLA biodegradability introduces this polymer in a world of eco-friendly and human-friendly applications in several technological fields. In short, this book will appeal to all the readers who not only want to have a reference book of consolidated notions on PLA, but also, and especially, to those who want to discover new potentials and new application fields of this unique biodegradable polymer. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Properties of Plastics and Composites Prepared from Different Sources/Grades of PLA
(R. Kumar and S. Kumar, CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and others)pp,1-26

Chapter 2. Poly(Lactic Acid) Polymer Blends: A Review of Recent Works
(K. Hamad, Damascus University, Department of Chemistry, and others)
Chapter 3. Melt Processing of Poly(Lactic Acid): Molecular Architecture, Mechanical Behavior and Stability against Thermal Decomposition
(F. Carrasco and Maria Ll.Maspoch, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Universitat de Girona, Spain, and others)pp,43-72

Chapter 4. Improvement of Mechanical Properties and Processability by Addition of Polyesters
(M. Yamaguchi and T. Yokohara, School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan)pp,73-96

Chapter 5. Filler-Matrix Compatibility of Poly(Lactic Acid) Based Composites
(A. Gregorova and R. Wimmer, Graz University of Technology, Austria)pp,97-120

Chapter 6. Properties and Biodegradation of PLA and PLA/Nanocomposites
(K. Fukushima)pp,121-142

Chapter 7. Modeling Hydrolytic Degradation of PLA Devices
(André F.C. Vieira, Faculty of Engineering of Porto University, Portugal)pp,143-160

Chapter 8. New Perspectives for the Application of PLA in Cultural Heritage
(G. Giuntoli, M. Frediani, A. Pedna, L. Rosi, P. Frediani, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, and others)pp,161-190

Chapter 9. Flash Co-Pyrolysis of Biomass with Polylactic Acid-Statistical and Comparative Analytical Investigation
(T. Cornelissen, Geern Molenberghs, Mark Stals, Jan Yperman, S. Schreurs, R. Carleer, Research Group of Applied and Analytical Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Centre for Statistics, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium, and others)pp191-218

Chapter 10. Synthesis of Polylactic Acid for Biomedical, Food Packaging and Structural Applications: A Review
(Mohammad S. Islam, Institute of Polymer and Composites, The University of Minho, Portugal)pp,219-234

Chapter 11. Engineering Polylactic Acid with Thermal-Responsive Shape Memory Effect for Biomedical Applications
(J. Xu and J. Song, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA)pp,235-248

Chapter 12. Preparation and Applications of Poly (Lactide Acid) Microsphere and Microcapsules for Drug Delivery
(Y. Wang, G. Ma, Y. Wei, Z. Su, National Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
Chapter 13. Drug–Loaded Microspheres of Poly(D-L-Lactide) and Poly (D,L-Lactide-co-Glycolide) Polymers Prepared by Spray-Drying: Characterization and In Vivo Administration
(Ana M. Fernández, Ana M. Martínez, S. Guerrero, M. Benito, E. Pérez, M. Dolores Blanco, Polymeric Materials Group for the Controlled Release of Bioactive Compounds in Biomedicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, and others)pp,275-308

Chapter 14. Bioengineering Applications of Ultra-Thin PLA Nanofilms Towards Cell-Based Smart Biomaterials
(L. Ricotti, T. Fujie, V. Pensabene, A. Menciassi, The BioRobotics Institute, Pisa, Italy, and others)pp,309-324

Index pp325-340

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