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Polylactic Acid

PLA Biopolymer Technology and Applications

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is the first viable thermoplastic that can be produced from a plant-based feedstock such as corn or sugar cane, and yet be processed by the conventional melt processing technologies. At the same time, Polylactic Acid is produced at the largest industrial scale of all biodegradable polymers. It is being used in biomedical applications, for bottle production and in compostable food packaging. It is also being evaluated as a material for tissue engineering. Mass production has tremendously reduced the cost of PLA production, making it an economically viable choice for fabrication of domestic containers, plastic bags, and fibers. Commercial-scale plants today produce hundreds of thousand tons of PLA per year.

This book provides a practical guide for the engineers and scientists involved in working with PLA and developing the many new products that are emerging for this important biopolymer. The current market situation for PLA and biodegradable polymers is described as well as applications across a range of market sectors, and the mechanical, chemical, thermal, rheology, and degradation properties of PLA.


Institutions of higher education, biodegradable companies and research institutes, government institutions involved in reduction of plastic waste, environment organisations; Institutions of readership: ICheme, IUPAC, IMechE, Society of Plastic Engineers

Hardbound, 352 Pages

Published: October 2012

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-1-4377-4459-0


  • Chapter 1 Initial Glance over Polylactic acid
    Chapter 2 Synthesis and Production of Polylactic Acid
    Chapter 3 Thermal Properties of Polylactic acid
    Chapter 4 Chemical Properties of Polylactic acid
    Chapter 5 Mechanical Properties of Polylactic Acid
    Chapter 6 Rheology Properties of Polylactic Acid
    Chapter 7 Degradation and Stability of Polylactic Acid
    Chapter 8 Applications of Polylactic Acid


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