The paper “Promoted formation of stereocomplex in enantiomeric poly(lactic acid)s induced by cellulose nanoﬁbers “is accepted by Carbohydrate Polymers
“Promoted formation of stereocomplex in enantiomeric poly(lactic acid)s induced by cellulose nanoﬁbers “is accepted by Carbohydrate Polymers. The authors are
Qian Ren, Minghui Wu, Zhengsheng Weng, Xiuyu Zhu, Wanwan Li, Pengke Huang, Long Wang, Wenge Zheng, Masahiro Ohshima.
Abstract of the paper is :
Stereocomplex (SC) crystallization between enantiomeric poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(D-lactic acid) (PDLA) is believed to yield poly(lactic acid) (PLA) with superior physiochemical properties. However, homo-crystallization (HC) crystallites are inevitably generated in the PLLA/PDLA blends. Herein, we report a simple approach to fabricate PLLA/PDLA racemic blends with high contents of SC crystallites by introducing cellulose nanoﬁbers (CNFs). The isothermal crystallization results revealed that the half-crystallization time of the PLLA/ PDLA blend was signiﬁcantly decreased by adding CNFs. Additionally, with the incorporation of 3 wt.% modiﬁed CNFs, the PLLA/PDLA blend was overwhelmingly crystallized into SC crystallites with no HC crystallite formation. Based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy ﬁndings, it was speculated that the preferred SC crystallization of PLLA/PDLA/CNF was caused by enhanced interchain molecular interactions between CNFs and PLA. This work presents a feasible and efﬁcient method to fabricate PLA with exclusively SC crystallites, which possesses great potential for producing high-performance PLA materials.