Saud Abualdam

Date of Award

January 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Surojit Gupta


This thesis reports the synthesis and characterization of novel bioplastics by using solvent casting as a fabrication method. Literature survey suggests that having a sustainable economy is of great importance for today people and generations to come. It is expected that biodegradable and biocompatible plastics such as Polylactic Acid (PLA), Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), and Cellulose Acetate (CA) will assist in achieving green and eco-friendly environment. Chapter I summarizes background information about PLA, PHAs, and CA. Chapter II summarizes the synthesis and characterization of the materials outlined in Chapter I. Chapters III documents the integration of lignin and micro-sliver particulates as additives in PLA-PHA matrix. Finally, conclusions and future work will be summarized.