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Effect of blending sequence and epoxy functionalized compatibilizer on barrier and mechanical properties of PBS and PBS/PLA nanocomposite blown films

Salima Adrar and Abdellah Ajji

Article (2024)

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This study focuses on developing compostable nanocomposite blown films, aiming to enhance oxygen barrier properties while maintaining good mechanical performance. Polybutylene succinate (PBS) and its blend with polylactic acid (PLA) were selected as matrices for the films. Organo-montmorillonite Delite®43B (D43B) clay was incorporated to improve oxygen barrier, and random ethylene-methyl acrylate-glycidyl methacrylate terpolymer served as a plasticizer and reactive compatibilizer. Different blending sequences were examined to determine the optimal one that led to significant enhancements in both the barrier and mechanical properties of the final nanocomposite blown film. Various techniques, including SEM, TEM, XRD, DSC, oxygen permeability, and tensile testing were employed to characterize the morphology of the compounds and blown films. The results reveal greater oxygen barrier properties depending on the blending sequence. Indeed, a reduction in oxygen permeability exceeding 50% was observed following the addition of 3 wt% of D43B to the PBS/PLA film, selectively localized in the PLA phase. This enhancement further intensified after the addition of 5 wt% of the epoxy functionalized compatibilizer.

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blown film; mechanical properties; nanocomposite; oxygen permeability; PBS; PLA; plasticizer

Subjects: 1800 Chemical engineering > 1800 Chemical engineering
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Research Center: CREPEC - Center for Applied Research on Polymers and Composites
Funders: NSERC / CRSNG, Polyexpert Inc
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/57553/
Journal Title: Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology
Publisher: Wiley
DOI: 10.1002/vnl.22092
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/vnl.22092
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2024 14:05
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 14:04
Cite in APA 7: Adrar, S., & Ajji, A. (2024). Effect of blending sequence and epoxy functionalized compatibilizer on barrier and mechanical properties of PBS and PBS/PLA nanocomposite blown films. Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology, 12 pages. https://doi.org/10.1002/vnl.22092

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