Biodegradable Hybrid Polymeric Materials Based on Lignin and Synthetic Polymers

  • Andrea Corti
  • Fedele Cristiano
  • Roberto Solaro
  • Emo Chiellini

Abstract

Environmentally compatible polymeric materials based on the combination of natural components and synthetic polymers are attracting increasing attention. Several contributions have been reported on the preparation of blends and composites based on biodegradable synthetic polymers such as poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) with starch1–3, cellulose4,5, and protein materials6,7. Starch gives substantially immiscible blends with PVA8,9, nevertheless a significant improvement in the mechanical properties of the natural polysaccharide has been recorded, thus indicating at least a partial compatibility between starch and the synthetic polymer10,11.

Keywords

Cellulose Starch Foam Biodegradation Vinyl 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Corti
    • 1
  • Fedele Cristiano
    • 1
  • Roberto Solaro
    • 1
  • Emo Chiellini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Industrial ChemistryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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