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Authors: Hideto Tsuji (Department of Ecological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan) 
Book Description:
Poly(lactide), i.e., poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is a biodegradable polyester produced from renewable resources. Due to its high mechanical performance and very low toxicity, PLA is utilized for biomedical, pharmaceutical, ecological, industrial, and commodity
applications. PLA is susceptible to various types of degradation, such as hydrolytic degradation in the human body and the environment, biodegradation and photodegradation in the environment, and thermal degradation during processing. In biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, the hydrolytic degradation mechanism and rate are crucial factors for determining its performance. In contrast, in most of the environmental, industrial, and commodity applications, an accurate adjustment of the degradation rate as accurate as in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications is not required, or a degradation during use can cause a reduction in material performance.
However, for recycling PLA to its monomers, information on the mechanism and rate of hydrolytic degradation and thermal degradation at elevated temperatures is indispensable.
This book deals with the hydrolytic degradation, biodegradation, thermal degradation, and photodegradation of PLA-based materials with different material factors and degradation conditions or environments.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Introduction

1. Synthesis

2. Applications with Manipulated Degradation

3. Degradation

3.1. Hydrolytic Degradation

3.2. Enzymatic Degradation

3.3. Environmental and Microbial Degradation

4. Thermal Degradation

5. Photodegradation

Conclusion

Index

   Binding: Flexback
   Pub. Date: 2008, 3rd Quarter
   ISBN: 978-1-60456-502-7
   Status: AV
  
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