Polymers (Basel) 2020 Mar 31;12(4). Epub 2020 Mar 31.
College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China.
The stereocomplex of poly(lactic acid) containing glucose groups (sc-PLAG) was prepared by solution blending from equal amounts of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(d-lactic acid--glucose) (PDLAG), which were synthesized from l- and d-lactic acid and glucose by melt polycondensation. The methods, including H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), polarizing microscope (POM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and contact angle were used to determine the effects of the stereocomplexation of enantiomeric poly(lactic acid) (PLA) units, the amphiphilicity due to glucose residues and lactic acid units, and the interaction of glucose residues with lactic units on the crystallization performance, hydrophilicity, thermal stability, and morphology of samples. The results showed PDLAG was multi-armed, and partial OH groups of glucose residues in PDLAG might remain unreacted. Read More