Polylactic Acid Production Cost Analysis 2020
Polylactic acid, which is also known as PLA, is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester. It is extracted from renewable resources. It is one of the most significantly consumed bioplastics globally. Several commercial routes afford usable polylactic acid. The route to polylactic acid that is widely used is the ring-opening polymerisation of lactide with various metal catalysts in solution or as a suspension. The metal-catalysed reaction tends to cause the racemisation of the polylactic acid, which decreases its stereoregularity. Using stereospecific catalysts often leads to heterotactic polylactic acid that can show crystallinity, where the degree of crystallinity shows many important properties.
Many different forms of polylactide exist because of the chiral nature of lactic acid. Polylactic acid is soluble in solvents, hot benzene, tetrahydrofuran, and dioxane. PLA polymers range from amorphous glassy polymer to a semi-crystalline and highly crystalline polymer. It comes with a glass transition between 60–65 °C, a melting temperature between 130-180 °C, and a tensile modulus between 2.7–16 GPa. Heat-resistant polylactic acid can bear temperatures of 110 °C.
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