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Chapter 8

Starch-based Blends

Recently, the development of environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials from starch has attracted increasing attention in an attempt to substitute petroleum-based materials, which present significant concerns in terms of pollution and sustainability. However, pure starch and thermoplastic starch (TPS) materials cannot meet all the application requirements owing to their poor mechanical properties and high sensitivity to moisture, hence a blending approach is essential. This chapter outlines the development of starch-based blends. Modification methods, processing techniques and current applications of starch-based blends are also discussed.

Print publication date: 15 Oct 2015
Copyright year: 2016
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-979-5
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-279-6
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-737-1
From the book series:
Green Chemistry Series