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Epoxidized jatropha oil as a sustainable plasticizer to poly(lactic acid)


Chieng, Buong Woei and Ibrahim, Nor Azowa and Then, Yoon Yee and Loo, Yuet Ying (2017) Epoxidized jatropha oil as a sustainable plasticizer to poly(lactic acid). Polymers, 9 (6). art. no. 204. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2073-4360


A renewable resource, epoxidized jatropha oil (EJO), was used as a green plasticizer and added to poly(lactic acid) (PLA). EJO was compounded into PLA at different contents. The addition of 3 wt % EJO to the PLA demonstrates significant improvement in flexibility, which leads to a percentage increase of about 7000% in elongation at break. This tensile result was confirmed by surface morphology analysis with clear proof of plastic deformation in EJO-plasticized PLA. EJO imparts a good heat stabilization effect. Thermal stability of PLA was enhanced upon addition of EJO, which is due to their good interaction and plasticizer dispersion within the PLA matrix. This EJO-plasticized PLA has wide applications in various industries, such as packaging of food and non-food products.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
Faculty of Science
Institute of Advanced Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9060204
Publisher: MDPI
Notes: This article belongs to the special issue: Biodegradable and Biobased Polyesters
Keywords: Jatropha oil; Epoxidized oil; Plasticizer; Poly(lactic acid)
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 01:38
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 01:38
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/59709
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