Date of Thesis
Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Biodegradable plastics, Polymer nanocomposites, Solid-state shear pulverization
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.
Fielding, Alex, "Characterization of Biodegradable Polymer Nanocomposites Fabricated via Solid-State Processing" (2009). Master’s Theses. 64.