These innovative block copolymers will enhance the thermo-mechanical and physical properties of many biobased polymers like Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), resulting in a wider range of applications opportunities. These copolymers are produced by combining Arkema’s organic catalysis ring-opening polymerisation technology with Purac’s L- and D-Lactide monomers. Arkema is known for its expertise in anionic and controlled radical polymerisation technologies. Purac is well known for its expertise in fermentation of lactic acid and subsequent conversion into high purity and 100% biobased L- and D-Lactides. Their combined know-how will allow the development of this new range of high purity functional block copolymers containing PLA segments. PLA is a strongly growing biobased thermoplastic polymer which is widely used in packaging.

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