| || || Chang, Robert James|
| || || Development of biodegradable polymer blends using pine-resin|
Author:Chang, Robert James
Institution: The University of the South Pacific
Subject: Biopolymers | Biodegradation, Biodegradable plastics, Polymers, Gums and resins
Call No.: Pac TP 248 .65 .P62 C43 2017
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: There has been a significant growth of interest in biodegradable polymers for medical applications over the last two decades. Two polymers evidently explored extensively in this field are Poly(butylene succinate) [PBS] and Poly(ε-caprolactone) [PCL]. However, certain characteristics have limit these polymers applications. These polymers need to be modified to increase their efficacy. Therefore, this research was undertaken to develop and characterize two binary blend systems consisting of the two biodegradable polymers, PBS and PCL, blended with Pine resin extracted from the species Pinus Caribaea-Hondurensis. The new blend systems were analysed for miscibility, tensile properties and enzymatic degradation characteristics.