3D printing of toughened enantiomeric PLA/PBAT/PMMA quaternary system with complete stereo-complexation: Compatibilizer architecture effects

Jing Yang, Wei Li, Bingnan Mu, Helan Xu, Xiuliang Hou, Yiqi Yang

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Abstract

A novel toughening technique for 3D printed completely stereo-complexed PLA was devised. Stereo-complexation improves heat and hydrolysis resistance of traditional PLA but intensify its brittleness. Though PBAT elastomer with non-reactive compatibilizer PMMA enhances toughness of traditional PLLA, effects of the two components on crystalline structures and thus heat and hydrolysis resistance of stereo-complexed PLA kept unknown. To add to the challenge, technical difficulties occurred when trying to make stereo-complexation and controlled dispersion of PBAT in the enantiomeric PLA/PBAT/PMMA quaternary system adaptive to 3D printing. The hypothesis is that controlled compatibilization effect of PMMA endows PBAT with good dispersibility in the quaternary system, without affecting the hierarchical crystallization of enantiomeric PLA matrices for complete stereo-complexation. To analyze compatibilization effect of PMMA, interfacial, viscoelastic, crystalline, thermal, thermodynamical, mechanical, and rheological properties were systematically studied. Such a technique provides a new and facile solution to manufacture high-performance 3D printed PLA matrix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124590
JournalPolymer
Volume242
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Complete stereo-complexation
  • PBAT
  • PLA
  • PMMA compatibilization
  • Toughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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