Date of Thesis

2009

Thesis Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Department

Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Kat Wakabayashi

Abstract

Biodegradable polymer/clay nanocomposites were prepared withpristine and organically modified montmorillonite in polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) polymer matrices. Nanocomposites were fabricated using extrusion and SSSP to compare the effects of melt-state and solid-state processing on the morphology of the final nanocomposite. Characterization of various material properties was performed on prepared biodegradable polymer/clay nanocomposites to evaluate property enhancements from different clays and/or processing methods.

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