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|Title:||Polylactic acid glycolysate as a cross-linker for epoxidized natural rubber|
Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency
|Citation:||Journal of Elastomers and Plastics. Vol.48, No.2 (2016), 105-121|
|Abstract:||© SAGE Publications. Hydroxyl-capped polylactic acid (PLA) oligomers are prepared by glycolysis reaction of PLA with ethylene glycol (EG) and used as a macromolecular cross-linker for epoxidized natural rubber (ENR). The glycolyzed PLA (GPLA) with three different molecular weights (2000, 10,000, and 44,000 g mol-1) are prepared by varying the glycolysis conditions. Effects of GPLA chain lengths and GPLA/ENR feed ratios on cross-linking efficiency, chemical structures, and physical properties of the cured products are investigated. The cross-linking efficiency is examined using a moving die rheometer, solvent fractionation, thermogravimetric analysis, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Optimum GPLA/ENR compositions for the curing reaction range from 20 wt% to 33 wt%, depending on the GPLA chain length. Because of their biodegradability, biocompatibility, and the ability to tune up their structures and properties, the cured rubber materials have high potential for use in various biomedical applications.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2016-2017|
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