The article by Professor Hideto Tsuji, Department of Environmental and Life Sciences appeared on the front cover of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 20/2017.
19 Oct 2017
The title of the article is "Stereocomplex- and Homo-Crystallization and Phase-Transition Behavior of Relatively High-Molecular-Weight Linear One- and Two-Armed and Star-Shaped Four-Armed Poly(L-lactide)/Poly(D-lactide) Blends".
The stereocomplexed materials from enantiomeric poly(L-lactide) and poly(D-lactide) have attracted much attention as advanced poly(lactide) (PLA)-based materials because of their superior mechanical performance as well as the higher thermal and hydrolytic degradation resistance of stereocomplexed PLA materials compared to those of conventional PLA-based materials. This article deals with the effects of branching, molecular weight, and crystallization temperature on stereocomplex crystallization, homo-crystallization, and phase-transition behavior using relatively high molecular weight poly(L-lactide)/poly(D-lactide) blends.