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Poly(Lactic Acid) Composites
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Review of Recent Advances in Polylactic Acid/TiO2 Composites

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Department of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, Korea
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School of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 16419, Korea
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hongik University, Sejong, Jochiwon, Sejong-ro 2639, Korea
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Materials 2019, 12(22), 3659; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12223659
Received: 14 October 2019 / Revised: 5 November 2019 / Accepted: 6 November 2019 / Published: 7 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Poly(lactic acid) Composites)
Polylactic acid/titanium oxide (PLA/TiO2) composites as multifunctional materials have been studied extensively by couple of research groups owing to their outstanding mechanical, thermal, photocatalytic, and antimicrobial properties. This review describes the experimental approaches used to improve the compatibility of PLA/TiO2 composites. The mechanical, thermal, photocatalytic, and antimicrobial properties of PLA/TiO2 composites are discussed. The potential applications arising from the structural and functional properties of PLA/TiO2 composites were also reviewed. Finally, it is concluded that a deep understanding of the impacts of TiO2 filler with available improvement approaches in the dispersibility of this filler in the PLA matrix would be the key for the effective usage of PLA/TiO2 composites and to expand their suitability with worldwide application requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: polylactic acid; titania; mechanical properties; crystallization; photocatalytic activity; antimicrobal properties polylactic acid; titania; mechanical properties; crystallization; photocatalytic activity; antimicrobal properties
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Kaseem, M.; Hamad, K.; Ur Rehman, Z. Review of Recent Advances in Polylactic Acid/TiO2 Composites. Materials 2019, 12, 3659.

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