Preparation of High-Elongation and High-Toughness Poly(l-lactide) Using Multi-Arm Methyl-β-Cyclodextrin-Poly(l-lactide)

Jin Hee Hong, Seungjoo Haam, Giobin Lim, Jong Hoon Ryu

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We synthesized 3–16 armed methyl-β-cyclodextrin-poly(l-lactide) (MCD-PLLA) polymers, and then blended them with PLLA. The addition of MCD-PLLA with 9 or 12 arms to PLLA dramatically increased the elongation at break (E) and toughness (UT) of PLLA with little affecting its Tg and tensile strength. The highest E and UT were obtained to be 127% and 6.85 GJ/m3, respectively, for PLLA blends containing these MCD-PLLAs. It was confirmed that the MCD-PLLA served as a nucleation agent for PLLA, inducing PLLA chains to form smaller and more uniform-sized crystallites compared with pure PLLA. The homogeneous fragmentation of these small and uniform-sized crystallites during tensile deformation consequently resulted in such a remarkable increase in E and UT. In contrast, the addition of MCD-PLLAs with more than 12 arms to PLLA decreased its E and UT mainly due to preferential crystallization by themselves. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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