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Compounding and rheometry of PLA nanocomposites with coated and uncoated hydroxyapatite nanoplatelets

Tomczynska, Magdalena M.; Choong, Gabriel Y.H.; De Focatiis, Davide S.A.; Grant, David M.; Parsons, Andrew J.


Magdalena M. Tomczynska

Gabriel Y.H. Choong

Davide S.A. De Focatiis

David M. Grant

Andrew J. Parsons


Polylactic acid and novel nanoplatelets of hydroxyapatite (HANP) were compounded in a laboratory scale twin-screw extruder and injection moulded to shape. The effect of HANP loading content, between 1 wt% and 10 wt%, and of HANP surface coating with tailored molecular dispersants, on the processability and rheological behaviour were investigated. Dispersion of HANP within the matrix system was determined qualitatively using transmission electron micrographs. Surface coating of HANP with dispersants was observed to change the state of HANP dispersion in the nanocomposites. This was also reflected in the changes of the nanocomposites’ rheological response with the moduli of coated HANP systems increasing at lower frequencies.


Tomczynska, M. M., Choong, G. Y., De Focatiis, D. S., Grant, D. M., & Parsons, A. J. (in press). Compounding and rheometry of PLA nanocomposites with coated and uncoated hydroxyapatite nanoplatelets.

Conference Name The Polymer Processing Society Conference 2015
End Date Sep 25, 2015
Acceptance Date Nov 21, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Polylactic acid, melt processing, nanocomposites, hydroxyapatite, oscillatory shear rheology, TEM
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