Developing starch-based polymer composites

Gilfillan, William N. (2015) Developing starch-based polymer composites. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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This project aim was to replace petroleum-based plastic packaging materials that pollute the environment, with biodegradable starch-based polymer composites. It was demonstrated that untreated sugar cane bagasse microfibres and unbleached nanofibres significantly improved the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of starch films, while thermal extrusion of starch with alcohol improved the stiffness and the addition of aconitic acid cross-linked the film making it moisture resistant and extensible.

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ID Code: 86612
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Doherty, William & Bartley, John
Additional Information: An embargo has been granted by the Faculty until the 10th of August, 2017.
Keywords: biodegradable, bioplastic, sustainable, thermoplastic, sugarcane bagasse, nanofibre, microfibre, composite, starch, cast film
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2015 01:43
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 01:43

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