The aim of this chapter is to introduce to the use and possible applications of polylactide‐based composites. Polylactides are biodegradable aliphatic polyesters, which are widely used in medical and ecological‐friendly fields. First of all, a deep description of main characteristics of polylactides is shown. This chapter summarizes many concepts, which comprehend a general view of polylactide biopolymers such as synthesis and structures, physical‐chemical and mechanical characterization and possible applications of final products. Then, an overview of composites based on polylactides and their benefits compared with bare polylactides are described.
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