Mechanical performance of starch-based biocomposites

F. Xie, L. Avérous, P. J. Halley, P. Liu

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This chapter provides an overview of starch-based biocomposites with a main focus on their mechanical properties. The chapter first introduces the basic knowledge of starch including its structure and plasticisation behaviour, followed by discussion of the mechanical properties of starch-based materials, starch-based macrobiocomposites, and starch-based nanobiocomposites, with an emphasis on the latter. Not only the changes in mechanical properties as affected by the addition of fillers are summarised, but also the related mechanisms regarding the changes of mechanical properties are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiocomposites
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Mechanical Performance
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherElsevier Academic Press Inc
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9781782423942
ISBN (Print)9781782423737
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2015

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  • Biodegradable polymer materials
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanofiller-matrix interactions
  • Starch-based biocomposites
  • Starch-based nanocomposites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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