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CHAPTER 4

Reactive Extrusion of PLA-based Materials: from Synthesis to Reactive Melt-blending

Reactive extrusion processing (REX) of polylactide (PLA) is reviewed with a focus on chemical aspects in order to modify the performances of PLA-based materials. The scope, advantages, limitations and specificity of various REX processes are examined in this context. The processes covered include: ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of lactide, free-radical grafting onto PLA backbone, coupling reactions and exchange reactions of PLA chains.

Publication details


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