Compatibilization of immiscible poly(lactic acid)/poly(epsilon-caprolactone) blend through electron-beam irradiation with the addition of a compatibilizing agent

Title
Compatibilization of immiscible poly(lactic acid)/poly(epsilon-caprolactone) blend through electron-beam irradiation with the addition of a compatibilizing agent
Author(s)
신부영한도흥
Keywords
MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES; POLYMER BLENDS; REACTIVE COMPATIBILIZATION; THERMAL-PROPERTIES; MORPHOLOGY; RADIATION; POLY(EPSILON-CAPROLACTONE); POLYPROPYLENE; IMPROVEMENT; BEHAVIOR
Issue Date
201302
Publisher
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Citation
RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, v.83, pp.98 - 104
Abstract
The aim of this study was to compatibilize immiscible poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) blend by using electron-beam radiation method with the addition of a compatibilizing agent. Glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) was chosen as the compatibilizing agent, in the expectation that the GMA plays a role as a monomeric compatibilizer and a reactive agent at the interface between the PLA and the PCL phases. Compatibilization process has been investigated through the melt mixing of the PLA/PCL and the GMA by using a twin-screw extruder and the exposure of the PLA/PCL/GMA mixture to electron-beam radiation at room temperature. The melt mixing process was performed to locate the GMA at the interface, thereby expecting a finer morphology due to the GMA as the monomeric plasticizer. The exposure process was carried out to induce definite interfacial adhesion at the interface through electron-beam initiated cross-copolymerization by the medium of the GMA as the reactive agent. To investigate the results of this compatibilization strategy, the morphological, mechanical, and rheological properties of the blend were analyzed. The morphological study clearly showed the reduced particle size of dispersed PCL domains and significantly improved interfacial adhesion by the electron-beam irradiation with the addition of the GMA. The stress-strain curves of the blends irradiated at less than 20 kGy showed the typical characteristics of ductile materials. The tensile properties of the blend were strongly affected by the dose of irradiation. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/YU.REPOSITORY/26543http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radphyschem.2012.10.001
ISSN
0969-806X
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