Open Science Research Excellence
@article{(International Science Index):http://waset.org/publications/9996926,
  title    = {Preparation and Properties of Biopolymer from L-Lactide (LL) and ε-Caprolactone (CL)},
  author    = {A. Buasri and  N. Chaiyut and  K. Iamma and  K. Kongcharoen and  K. Cheunsakulpong},
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  abstract  = {Biopolymers have gained much attention as ecofriendly alternatives to petrochemical-based plastics because they are biodegradable and can be produced from renewable feedstocks. One class of biopolyester with many potential environmentally
friendly applications is polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL). The PLA/PCL biodegradable copolyesters were synthesized by bulk ring-opening copolymerization of successively added Llactide (LL) and ε-caprolactone (CL) in the presence of toluene, using 1-hexanol as initiator and stannous octoate (Sn(Oct)2) as catalyst. Reaction temperature, reaction time and amount of catalyst were evaluated to obtain optimum reaction conditions. The results showed that the %conversion increased with increases in reaction temperature and reaction time, but after a critical amount of catalyst was reached the %conversion decreased. The yield of PLA/PCL biopolymer achieved 98.02% at the reaction temperature 160 °C, amount of catalyst 0.3 mol% and reaction time of 48 h. In addition, the thermal properties of the product were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).
},
    journal   = {International Journal of Chemical, Molecular, Nuclear, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering},  volume    = {6},
  number    = {6},
  year      = {2012},
  pages     = {522 - 525},
  ee        = {http://waset.org/publications/9996926},
  url       = {http://waset.org/Publications?p=66},
  bibsource = {http://waset.org/Publications},
  issn      = {eISSN:1307-6892},
  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
  index     = {International Science Index 66, 2012},
}