Biopolymers and Bioplastics

Bio-based polymers containing nanoparticles are designed to overcome the drawbacks of this class of materials. One of the goals is immobilizing/confining stabilizing molecules and/or nanoparticles onto either the filler or the biopolymer backbone, so as to minimizing the loss of the additives during processing, use and recycle of the material. The formulation of low-environmental impact plastics is also pursued through a clever use of nanoparticles and recycled polymers.

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Selected publications

  • A. Nuzzo, E. Bilotti, T. Peijs, D. Acierno, G. Filippone*, “Nanoparticle-induced co-continuity in immiscible polymer blends–A comparative study on bio-based PLA-PA11 blends filled with organoclay, sepiolite, and carbon nanotubes”, Polymer, vol. 55(19), 4908-4919 (2014)
  • A. Nuzzo, S. Coiai, S. C. Carroccio, N. Tz. Dintcheva, C. Gambarotti, G. Filippone*, “Heat-Resistant Fully Bio-Based Nanocomposite Blends Based on Poly (lactic acid)”, Macromol Mater Eng, vol. 299(1), 31-40 (2014)
  • G. Filippone*, N. T. Dintcheva, F. P. La Mantia, D. Acierno, “Selective localization of organoclay and effects on the morphology and mechanical properties of LDPE/PA11 blends with distributed and co‐continuous morphology”, J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, vol. 48(5), 600-609 (2010)
  • A. Causa, M. C. Mistretta, D. Acierno, G Filippone, “Effectiveness of organoclays as compatibilizers for multiphase polymer blends – A sustainable route for the mechanical recycling of co-mingled plastics”, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1459, pp. 414-417 (2014) (ISBN: 978-0-7354-1233-0)

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