Transforming Polysaccharide Biomass into Thermoplastic Materials for Value-Added Applications

J.H. Wang & B. Shi
This paper describes the research on converting a low-cost polysaccharide biomass into thermoplastic materials intended for high-value, water-dispersible thin film applications. Thermoplastic starch made from native starch is water sensitive but not water dispersible. This research focused on the converting modified starches such as starch esters, pregelatinized Tapioca dextrin, and hydroxyalkylated starch into thermoplastic bioplastics. The rheology of TPMS was found to depend on the type of modified starch, the type of plasticizers, and the...