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CHAPTER 8

Polylactide (PLA)/Clay Nano-biocomposites

Polylactides (PLA) are one of the most commercially implemented families of bio-polyesters, particularly in packaging applications. Nevertheless, PLA commercial grades suffer from important application drawbacks, such as their low thermal resistance, fragility and relatively low gas and vapour barrier performance compared to other synthetic petroleum-based polymers, such as the polyester benchmark polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyolefins. In this chapter, a review of the existing literature is presented regarding the use of nanoclays to tailor the properties of this biopolymer, with special focus on enhancing the barrier performance of the resulting nanocomposites.

Print publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Copyright year: 2015
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-879-8
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-480-6
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-340-3
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series