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International Journal of Biomaterials
Volume 2018, Article ID 1294397, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1294397
Research Article

Toughening of Poly(L-lactide) with Blends of Poly(-caprolactone-co-L-lactide) in the Presence of Chain Extender

1Biodegradable Polymers Research Unit, Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham 44150, Thailand
2Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Technology, Silpakorn University, Sanamchandra Palace Campus, Nakhon Pathom 73000, Thailand

Correspondence should be addressed to Yodthong Baimark; ht.ca.usm@b.gnohtdoy

Received 30 May 2018; Revised 8 August 2018; Accepted 16 August 2018; Published 12 September 2018

Academic Editor: Carlo Galli

Copyright © 2018 Yaowalak Srisuwan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A poly(ε-caprolactone-co-L-lactide) copolyester was synthesized and employed to toughen poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) by reactive melt blending in the presence of an epoxy-based chain extender. The effects of chain extension reaction and copolyester content on properties of PLLA-based blends were studied. The chain extension reaction reduced crystallinity and melt flow index of PLLA/copolyester blends. Meanwhile the copolyester blending improved the crystallinities of the chain-extended PLLA up to 20 wt% copolyester. The phase compatibility between PLLA matrix and dispersed copolyester phases was enhanced by the chain extension reaction. The impact strength of chain-extended PLLA increased with the contents of copolyester and chain extender.