Biodegradation of Pro-oxidant Filled Polypropylene Films and Evaluation of the Ecotoxicological Impact
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The biodegradability of calcium stearate (CaSt) and cobalt stearate (CoSt) filled polypropylene (PP) films were investigated in this work. The PP films were prepared using melt blending technique followed by hot press moulding. On the basis of their tensile properties, the optimum amount of pro-oxidants was taken as 0.2 phr. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were used for the characterization of optimized films. Presence of pro-oxidant in the PP was confirmed by the FTIR studies. Addition of pro-oxidants in the films decreased the thermal stability as revealed by TGA analysis. Crystallinity of the pro-oxidant filled PP decreased with addition of pro-oxidants as showen by DSC. The maximum biodegradation of CaSt and CoSt containing PP films was showen 7.65 and 8.34%, respectively with 0.2 phr. Both the microbial test and plant growth test (on corn and tomato) indicated that biodegradation intermediates were non toxic.
KeywordsPolypropylene Pro-oxidant Physico-mechanical Biodegradability Ecotoxicological impact
The project was funded by Department of Atomic Energy—Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (DAE-BRNS), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Govt. of India through Sanction No. 35/14/08/2014-BRNS. Special thanks to Dr. Debaprasad Mandal, Assistance Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Ropar, Punjab for performing DSC testing.
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