Project goal: Manufacture our own polylactic acid bioplastic as locally and sustainably as possible.
Status: Research

PLA chemistry and synthesis:

More in-depth chemistry on its synthesis:

An experiment done to sythesise PLA with different catalysts:

  • Stannous chlorideis a potential catalyst.
    • May not yield a high enough molecular weight (length of polymer)
  • PLA Filament can be used in 3D printing.
  • Lactic acid is produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria (often found in probiotics) through fermentation.
  • The lactic acid then has to be concentrated before it can be polymerised.