Sustainable Polylactide-Based Composites

Sustainable Polylactide-Based Composites

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Authors: Suprakas Ray, Ritima Banerjee
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323996402

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Sustainable Polylactide-Based Composites integrates fundamental knowledge pertaining to manufacturing and characterization of polymer composites with a thorough and critical overview of the state-of-the-art in PLA-based composites, including significant past and recent advances. The book begins with insights into the basics of polymer composites, with special reference to sustainable composites, as well as fundamental knowledge related to PLA. This is followed by chapters on manufacturing methods, morphological characterization techniques, and the mechanical models used for polymer composites. A comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in PLA-based sustainable composites of all extensively used fillers is then presented. After providing fundamental knowledge related to PLA and polymer composites, including structure-property-processing relationship, the book focuses on recent research efforts and key research challenges in the development of PLA-based composites, as well as lifecycle assessment and recycling.

Key Features

  • Presents fundamentals, processing techniques, characterization methods, and modeling
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of a broad range of polylactide composites
  • Addresses key issues that could shape future research and industrial application for sustainable future development


Researchers and advanced students across polymer science, composite science, chemistry, materials science, and engineering. Engineers, scientists and R&D professionals looking to utilize PLA-based sustainable materials across a range of products, parts, and industries

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Sustainability, polylactide and polylactide-based composites
    2. Processing technologies of polymer composites and fundamental issues related to polylactide composites processing
    3. Techniques for structural and morphological characterization of polymer composites
    4. Modelling of polymer composite properties
    5. Natural fiber reinforced polylactide composites
    6. Glass fiber reinforced polylactide composites
    7. Layered double hydroxide-containing polylactide composites
    8. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-containing polylactide composites
    9. Nanoclay-containing polylactide composites
    10. Carbon nanostructures-containing polylactide composites
    11. Cellulose nanofillers-containing polylactide composites
    12. Multifunctional polylactide composites
    13. Evaluation of sustainability of polylactide and polylactide-based composites
    14. Current challenges, limitations, and future outlook of polylactide composites

Product details

  • No. of pages: 500
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323996402

About the Authors

Suprakas Ray

Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray is a Chief Research Scientist and Manager of the Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials, DSI-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa. He received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Calcutta, India in 2001 and was a recipient of the ‘‘Sir P. C Ray Research Award’’ for the best PhD work. Prof. Ray’s current research focuses on the applications of advanced nanostructured and polymeric materials. He is one of the most active and highly cited authors in the field of polymer nanocomposite materials, and he has recently been rated by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 1% most impactful and influential scientists and Top 50 high impact chemists. Prof. Ray is the author of 5 books, co-author of 3 edited books, 32 book chapters on various aspects of polymer-based nanostructured materials and their applications, and author and co-author of 330 articles in high-impact international journals, 30 articles in national and international conference proceedings. He has also established 6 patents, as well as 7 new demonstrated technologies and numerous commercialized products developed with colleagues, collaborators, and industrial partners. He has received several awards and has previously been appointed as Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Research Scientist and Manager of the Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials, DSI-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa; Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ritima Banerjee

Dr. Ritima Banerjee completed her Masters in Polymer Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD), India. After working in the polymer industry (GE Plastics and SABIC) for 7 years, she returned to academia. She taught in Delhi Technological University for two years and subsequently completed her PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, IITD, the area of her work being microcellular processing of thermoplastic elastomer based blends and nanocomposites. She is presently a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering in Calcutta Institute of Technology, India. Her research interests include microcellular processing and the structure-property-processing relationship of polymeric materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty Member, Department of Chemical Engineering, Calcutta Institute of Technology, India; Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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