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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Extruded Cornstarch-Glycerol-Polyvinyl Alcohol Blends: Mechanical Properties, Morphology and Biodegradability

Authors
item Mao, Lijun - PLANET POLYMER, SAN DIEGO
item Imam, Syed
item Gordon, Sherald
item Cinelli, Patrizia - UNIV PISA/CHEM INDUST
item Chiellini, Emo - UNIV PISA/CHEM INDUST

Submitted to: Journal of Environment and Polymers
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 15, 2001
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Corn is produced in abundance in the U.S. Starch derived from corn is an excellent material for developing biodegradable single use consumer products. This report describes the extrusion of starch films along with other low cost compatible polymers such as glycerol and polyvinyl alcohol resulting in improved performance and biodegradable properties of extruded films. Utilization of corn byproducts will help add value to corn and will result in improved farm economy.

Technical Abstract:

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