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Polytetrafluoroethylene as a suitable filler for poly(lactic acid) composites

An Huang, Haoyang Mi, Hrishikesh Kharbas, Tom Ellingham, Lih-Sheng Turng, and Xiangfang Peng
15 December 2016
The mechanical, rheological, and foaming properties of melt-blended samples were investigated.

Effects of temperature on the relaxation behavior of poly(lactic acid)

Necmi Dusunceli, Aleksey D. Drozdov, and Naseem Theilgaard
24 October 2016
A series of tensile loading–unloading and relaxation tests, under stretching and retraction cyclic deformation conditions, were conducted between room temperature and 50!sup!°!/sup!C.

High-solid-loading ionic-liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic particles for biocomposites

Hamayoun Mahmood, Muhammad Moniruzzaman, Suzana Yusup, and Hazizan M. Akil
4 October 2016
A novel and environmentally friendly pretreatment approach is used for the production of cellulose-rich fibers as reinforcements for thermoplastic-starch-based bioplastics.

Effect of molding conditions on properties of injection-molded polylactic acid parts

Felice De Santis, Valentina Volpe, and Roberto Pantani
22 September 2016
A post-molding stage, in which samples are kept at 105°C, is used to produce semi-crystalline samples in much shorter times than through standard injection into a hot mold.

Reinforcing thermoplastic starch composites with cellulose nanofibers

Anuradha Rani, Sheetal Monga, Anupama Sharma, and Monica Prabhakar
9 September 2016
Cellulose from sugarcane bagasse can be used to improve the mechanical and barrier properties of bionanocomposites.

High-performance polylactide biocomposites reinforced with cellulose nanofibers

Fatemeh Safdari, Davood Bagheriasl, Pierre J. Carreau, Marie-Claude Heuzey, and Musa R. Kamal
11 August 2016
Rheological, optical, mechanical, and thermomechanical investigation of the properties of cellulose-nanofiber-reinforced polylactide demonstrates the solution method for achieving good fiber dispersion.

Polylactic acid biocomposite filaments with improved mechanical properties

Caroline A. Murphy and Maurice N. Collins
1 August 2016
Fully biodegradable polylactic acid/microcrystalline cellulose composites, with surface-modified reinforcing cellulose, are suitable for 3D printing applications.

Biodegradable biocomposites with antimicrobial properties for food packaging

Intan S. M. A. Tawakkal, Marlene J. Cran, and Stephen W. Bigger
22 June 2016
A novel ternary composite comprising a biopolymer, natural fibers, and an essential oil extract is a promising active material for extending the shelf-life of food products.

Frictional heating of extruded polymer melts

José Pérez-González, Héctor S. Zamora-López, and Benjamí-n M. Marí-n-Santibáñez
8 June 2016
Rheo-particle image velocimetry and thermal imaging results show that frictional and viscous heating act synergistically to produce significant temperature increases when a melt is extruded under slip conditions.

Biocompatible reinforcement of poly(lactic acid) with graphene nanoplatelets

Carolina Gonçalves, Artur Pinto, Joaquim Moreira, Inês Gonçalves, Fernão Magalhães, and Ana Machado
6 June 2016
Improved mechanical properties of composites produced by melt blending is achieved at low filler loadings.