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Polylactic Acid - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128144725, 9780128144732

Polylactic Acid

2nd Edition

A Practical Guide for the Processing, Manufacturing, and Applications of PLA

Authors: Lee Tin Sin Bee Soo Tueen
eBook ISBN: 9780128144732
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128144725
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 15th June 2019
Page Count: 422
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Table of Contents

1. Overview of Biodegradable Polymers and Poly(lactic Acid)
2. Synthesis and Production of Poly(lactic Acid)
3. Thermal Properties of Poly(lactic Acid)
4. Chemical Properties of Poly(lactic Acid)
5. Mechanical Properties of Poly(lactic Acid)
6. Rheological Properties of Poly(lactic Acid)
7. Degradation and Stability of Poly(lactic Acid)
8. Additives and Processing Aids of Poly(lactic Acid)
9. Processing and Recycling of Poly(lactic Acid)
10. Injection moulding of Poly(lactic Acid)
11. Applications of Poly(lactic Acid)
12. Environmental Profile of Poly(lactic Acid)


Polylactic Acid: A Practical Guide for the Processing, Manufacturing, and Applications of PLA, Second Edition, provides a practical guide for engineers and scientists working in PLA and on the development of emerging new products. The current market situation for PLA and biodegradable polymers is described, along with applications across a range of market sectors. In addition, the mechanical, chemical, thermal, rheology and degradation properties are included. Updates include new chapters covering various processing methods, as well as recycling methods, and additives and processing aids. New applications cover a range of products (including 3D Printing), and an environmental assessment, including regulatory aspects.

The book is not only a useful introduction to this topic, but also a practical, readily applicable reference book that will support decision-making in the plastics industry.

Key Features

  • Presents an essential reference for engineers, scientists and product designers considering switching to a sustainable plastic
  • Covers the properties, synthesis and polymerization of PLA, along with processing techniques involved in fabricating parts from this polymer
  • Includes critical new chapters on processing, additives, recycling and environmental considerations relating to PLA


Engineers and materials scientists in the plastics industry looking to use sustainable/biodegradable/renewable plastics in products they are working with


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About the Authors

Lee Tin Sin

Lee Tin Sin is a researcher, professional engineer and associate professor. He graduated with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical-Polymer) First Class Honours, as well as Ph.D in Polymer Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Dr. Lee has been involved in rubber processing, biopolymer, nanocomposite and polymer synthesis with more than 70 publications of journal papers, book chapters and conferences. He was the winner of the Society of Chemical Engineers Japan Award for Outstanding Asian Researcher and Engineer 2018 for his contribution to polymer research. He co-authored ‘Polylactic Acid’ (Elsevier), the Second Edition of which published in 2019.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia

Bee Soo Tueen

Bee Soo Tueen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. Her research focuses are fire retardant polymeric materials, polymers as insulation materials for wire and cable applications, and biopolymeric materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia