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Polylactic acid (PLA): research, development and industrialization.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21058315     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable, aliphatic polyester derived from lactic acid. It has similar mechanical properties to polyethylene terephthalate, but has a significantly lower maximum continuous use temperature. PLA products can be recycled after use either by remelting and processing the material a second time or by hydrolyzing to lactic acid, the basic chemical. In this review, the technologies for polymerization of the lactic acid and the comparison of physical, thermal and mechanical properties, biodegradability, and biocompatibility of the PLA and copolymers with other similar polymers are described.
Xuan Pang; Xiuli Zhuang; Zhaohui Tang; Xuesi Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biotechnology journal     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1860-7314     ISO Abbreviation:  Biotechnol J     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101265833     Medline TA:  Biotechnol J     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1125-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China.
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