We developed a novel production method for stereoblock poly(lactic acid) (sb-PLA) from glycerol that is a by-product of biodiesel fuel (BDF) production process. It includes the novelties of (1) the conversion of glycerol into racemic lactic acid by alkaline hydrothermal reaction and (2) the stereoselective polymerization of lactide isomers by using an achiral homosalenaluminum complex as a catalyst to synthesize sb-PLA. For practical use of these novel methods, we have constructed bench plants that can produce mixture of lactide isomers from glycerol. The throughput capacity of glycerol in the bench plant is about 50 tons/year. The bench plant was controlled stably for ∼100 hours, and it was confirmed that racemic lactic acid and then the mixture of lactide isomers were produced by the bench plants.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Eco-Energy and Materials Science and Engineering, EMSES 2014 - Phuket, Thailand|
Duration: 2013 Dec 18 → 2013 Dec 21
- Bench plant
- Stereoblock poly(lactic acid)
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