Thermal processing of starch-based polymers

Liu, Hongsheng, Xie, Fengwei, Yu, Long, Chen, Ling and Li, Lin (2009) Thermal processing of starch-based polymers. Progress In Polymer Science, 34 12: 1348-1368. doi:10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2009.07.001

Author Liu, Hongsheng
Xie, Fengwei
Yu, Long
Chen, Ling
Li, Lin
Title Thermal processing of starch-based polymers
Journal name Progress In Polymer Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0079-6700
Publication date 2009-12-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2009.07.001
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 34
Issue 12
Start page 1348
End page 1368
Total pages 21
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Language eng
Abstract This paper reviews the thermal processing of starch-based polymers, including both fundamental science such as microstructure, phase transition and rheology, as well as processing techniques, conditions and formulations. The unique microstructure of starch and its multiphase transitions during thermal processing provide an outstanding model system to illustrate our conceptual approach to understanding the structure-processing-property relationships in polymers. One of the unique characteristics of starch-based polymers is their thermal processing properties, which are much more complex than conventional polymers, since multiple chemical and physical reactions may occur during processing, such as water diffusion, granular expansion, gelatinization, decomposition, melting and crystallization. Among these phase transitions, gelatinization is particularly important because it is closely related to the others, and it is the basis of the conversion of starch to a thermoplastic. Furthermore, the decomposition temperature of starch is higher than its melting temperature before gelatinization. Various conventional processing techniques such as extrusion, injection compression molding, and casting, as well as some new techniques such as reactive extrusion, have been adapted for processing starch-based polymers. The achievements in this area have increased our knowledge of polymer science, in particular that of natural polymers. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Extrusion
Phase transition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 2007AA10Z312
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Publications
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