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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 206123, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/206123
Research Article

Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Biodegradable Star-Shaped/Linear Polylactide Stereocomplexes

Biodegradable Polymers Research Unit, Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham 44150, Thailand

Received 11 December 2014; Revised 28 January 2015; Accepted 29 January 2015

Academic Editor: Yves Grohens

Copyright © 2015 Onanong Cheerarot and Yodthong Baimark. 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

The 6-arm star-shaped poly(L-lactide) (6PLL)/linear poly(D-lactide) (1PDL) stereocomplex films were prepared by the solvent casting method. The influences of the 6PLL/1PDL blend ratios (75/25, 50/50, and 25/75 w/w) and 1PDL molecular weights (15,000, 30,000, and 60,000 g/mol) on the thermal and mechanical properties of the stereocomplex films were investigated. The 6PLL and 1PDLs had a single melting temperature () of homocrystallites at 174°C and 167°C, respectively. The 6PLL/1PDL blends had two s: a lower of homocrystallites (160–173°C) and a higher of stereocomplex crystallites (219–228°C). The stereocomplex crystallinity and mechanical properties of the 6PLL/1PDL blend films were higher than those of 6PLL and 1PDL and were the highest in the 50/50 (w/w) blend ratio. However, the stereocomplex crystallinity of the 50/50 (w/w) 6PLL/1PDL blend films decreased and the mechanical properties increased as the molecular weight of 1PDL increased.