Accelerated photodegradation of poly(lactic acid) with weathering test chamber and laser exposure – A comparative study

Katalin Litauszki, Z. Kovács, László Mészáros, Ákos Kmetty

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Abstract

This study presents the comparative study of two different accelerated aging methods of poly(D-,L-lactide acid) (PLA). One is the well-known and widely used accelerated weathering chamber. The other procedure is photodegradation with a homogenized laser beam, which has not been used for the artificial aging of biopolymers so far. The film sample was artificially aged with a xenon test chamber for 200 h, with an acceleration factor of approximately 7:1. We also performed a comparative artificial aging test using a krypton-fluoride (KrF) excimer laser in a way that the amount of energy transferred by the laser is the same as the energy transferred by the xenon lamp; the acceleration factor of the laser is higher than 42000:1. The resulting two types of photodegraded film products were compared and broadly characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR); the goal was to create comparison and possible conformity between the two methods to achieve higher acceleration factor for accelerated aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-419
Number of pages9
JournalPolymer Testing
Volume76
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019

Keywords

  • Accelerated aging
  • Excimer laser
  • Poly(lactic acid)
  • Xenon test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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