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Title: Glycol based plasticisers for salt modified starch
Authors: Abbott, Andrew P.
Abolibda, Tariq Z.
Davis, Stefan J.
Emmerling, F.
Lourdin, D.
Leroy, E.
Wise, William R.
First Published: 21-Aug-2014
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: RSC Advances, 2014, 4 (76), pp. 40421-40427 (7)
Abstract: Starch is one of the most common and easily obtained natural polymers, making it attractive as a potential bio-based alternative to synthetic polymers. This study shows that a simple quaternary ammonium salt combined with urea or glycols forms effective modifiers that produce flexible plastics with good mechanical properties that are comparable to some polyolefin plastics. The processing conditions are shown to significantly affect the structure of the polymer which has a concomitant effect upon the mechanical and physical properties of the resulting plastic. Using a glycerol based modifier results in a totally sustainable and biodegradable material which can be injection moulded.
DOI Link: 10.1039/c4ra06220e
eISSN: 2046-2069
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2014. Version of record:!divAbstract
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