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Polyethylene/Polyhydroxyalkanoates-based Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites

Agboola, Oluranti and Sadiku, Rotimi Emmanuel and Mokrani, Touhami and Amer, Ismael and Moropeng, Mapula Lucey and Ramakokovhu, Munyadziwa Mercy (2015) Polyethylene/Polyhydroxyalkanoates-based Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites. In: Polyethylene-Based Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites. Scrivener Publishing LLC, pp. 201-277.

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The development of advanced polymer composite materials having superior mechanical properties has opened up new horizons in the field of science and engineering. Polyethylene (PE) is considered one of the most widely used thermoplastics in the world due to its excellent properties which have excellent chemical inertness, low coefficient of friction, toughness, near-zero moisture absorption, ease of processing and electrical properties. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are garnering increasing attention in the biodegradable polymer market because of their promising properties such as high biodegradability in different environments. This chapter covers polyethylene/polyhydroxyalkanoates-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites. It summarizes many of the recent research accomplishments in the area of PE/PHAs-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites such as state-of-the-art regarding different methods of their preparation. Also discussed are different characterization techniques and use of PE/PHAs-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites in biomedical, packaging, structural, military, coating, fire retardant, aerospace and optical applications, along with recycling and lifetime studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polyethylene, polyhydroxyalkanoates, biocomposites, bionanocomposites, melt blending, milling, Brabender mixing, characterization
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 13:08
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2018 13:08

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