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dc.contributor.authorThidarat Kanthiyaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKrittameth Kiattipornpithaken_US
dc.contributor.authorNanthicha Thajaien_US
dc.contributor.authorYuthana Phimolsiripolen_US
dc.contributor.authorPornchai Rachtanapunen_US
dc.contributor.authorSarinthip Thanakkasaraneeen_US
dc.contributor.authorNoppol Leksawasdien_US
dc.contributor.authorNuttapol Tanadchangsaengen_US
dc.contributor.authorChoncharoen Sawangraten_US
dc.contributor.authorPitiwat Wattanachaien_US
dc.contributor.authorKittisak Jantanasakulwongen_US
dc.description.abstractPoly(lactic acid) was melt-blended with epoxy resin without hardener and chitosan (CTS) to prepare modified PLA (PLAEC). Epoxy resin 5% and CTS 1–20% (wt/wt) were incorporated into PLA during melt mixing. PLAEC was melt-blended with an epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) 80/20 wt. The PLAEC CTS 1% blended with ENR (PLAEC1/ENR) showed a high tensile strength (30 MPa) and elongation at break (7%). The annealing process at 80 °C for 0–15 min maintained a tensile strength of approximately 30 MPa. SEM images of the PLAE/ENR blend showed phase inversion from co-continuous to ENR particle dispersion in the PLA matrix with the addition of CTS, whereas the annealing time reduced the hole sizes of the extracted ENR phase due to the shrinkage of PLA by crystallization. Thermal properties were observed by DSC and a Vicat softening test. The annealing process increased the crystallinity and Vicat softening temperature of the PLAEC1/ENR blend. Reactions of ‒COOH/epoxy groups and epoxy/‒NH2 groups occurred during PLAE and PLAEC preparation, respectively. FTIR confirmed the reaction between the ‒NH2 groups of CTS in PLAEC and the epoxy groups of ENR. This reaction increased the mechanical properties, while the annealing process improved the morphology and thermal properties of the blend.en_US
dc.subjectMaterials Scienceen_US
dc.titleModified poly(Lactic Acid) Epoxy Resin Using Chitosan for Reactive Blending with Epoxidized Natural Rubber: Analysis of Annealing Timeen_US
article.volume14en_US Universityen_US Mai Universityen_US
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