Linear Low Density Polyethylene-Biodegradability Using Bacteria from Marine Benthic Environment and Photodegradability Using Ultraviolet Light

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Linear Low Density Polyethylene-Biodegradability Using Bacteria from Marine Benthic Environment and Photodegradability Using Ultraviolet Light

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Title: Linear Low Density Polyethylene-Biodegradability Using Bacteria from Marine Benthic Environment and Photodegradability Using Ultraviolet Light
Author: Anna Dilfi, K F; Dr. Thomas, Kurian
Abstract: Various compositions of linear low density polyethylene(LLDPE) containing bio-filler(either starch or dextrin)of various particle sizes were prepared.The mechanical,thermal,FTIR,morphological(SEM),water absorption and melt flow(MFI) studies were carried out.Biodegradability of the compositions were determined using a shake culture flask containing amylase producing bacteria(vibrios),which were isolated from marine benthic environment and by soil burial test. The effect of low quantities of metal oxides and metal stearate as pro-oxidants in LLDPE and in the LLDPE-biofiller compositions was established by exposing the samples to ultraviolet light.The combination of bio-filler and a pro-oxidant improves the degradation of linear low density polyethylene.The maleation of LLDPE improves the compatibility of the c blend components and thepro-oxidants enhance the photodegradability of the compatibilised blends.The responsibility studies on the partially biodegradable LLDPE containing bio-fillers and pro-oxidants suggest that the blends could be repeatedly reprocessed without deterioration in mechanical properties.
Description: Dept.of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology,Cochin University of Science and Technology
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/2938
Date: 2011-08


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