Synergistic biodegradable and bio-based blends and nanocomposites created using pulverization

Amanda M. Walker*, Ying Tao, John M Torkelson

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Abstract

Well-dispersed biodegradable and bio-based blends and nanocomposites have been successfully created by solid-state shear pulverization. Pulverization of granular starch and polyethylene (PE) resulted in damaged starch granules. This altered granule morphology led to improved oxygen barrier properties and tensile modulus in PE/starch blends. High levels of dispersion were also achieved in polymer/clay nanocomposites using poly(caprolactone) as the matrix. Varying levels of clay exfoliation were achieved by altering processing conditions during pulverization. These materials also had improved barrier properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPlastics Encounter at ANTEC 2007, Conference Proceedings
Pages1712-1716
Number of pages5
Volume3
StatePublished - Sep 28 2007
EventSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference: Plastics Encounter at ANTEC 2007 - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: May 6 2007May 11 2007

Other

OtherSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference: Plastics Encounter at ANTEC 2007
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period5/6/075/11/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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    Walker, A. M., Tao, Y., & Torkelson, J. M. (2007). Synergistic biodegradable and bio-based blends and nanocomposites created using pulverization. In Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference: Plastics Encounter at ANTEC 2007, Conference Proceedings (Vol. 3, pp. 1712-1716)