Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 133–138 | Cite as

Effects of Starch Moisture on Properties of Wheat Starch/Poly(Lactic Acid) Blend Containing Methylenediphenyl Diisocyanate

  • Hua Wang
  • Xiuzhi SunEmail author
  • Paul Seib


Methylenediphenyl diisocyanate was found to improve the interfacial interaction between poly(lactic acid)(PLA) and granular starch. The objective of this research was to study the effect of starch moisture content on the interfacial interaction of an equal-weight blend of wheat starch and PLA containing 0.5% methylenediphenyl diisocyanate by weight. Starch moisture (10% to 20%) had a negative effect on the interfacial binding between starch and PLA. The tensile strength and elongation of the blend both decreased as starch moisture content increased. At 20% moisture level, the starch granules embedded in the PLA matrix were observed to be swollen, resulting in poor strength properties and high water absorption by the blend.

Biodegradable plastic poly(lactic acid) starch methylenediphenyl diisocyanate water absorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Grain Science and IndustryKansas State UniversityManhattan

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