BioDegmer® Poly-L-lactide

Polylactide (Poly(lactic acid), PLA) is polymer obtained by the ring-opening polymerization of lactide (cyclic dimer of lactic acid) as monomer. Since lactide has 3 optical isomer as L-lactide, D-lactide, and DL-lactide, the polymers obtained from L-lactide, D-lactide, and DL-lactide are abbreviated to PLLA, PDLA, and PDLLA, respectively. The chemical properties of L-lactide and D-lactide are the same while their steric structures are different, PLLA polymer and PDLA polymer have the same characteristics. On the other hand, PDLLA polymer has sterically different structure with PLLA and PDLA polymers, so that the polymer shows the different characteristics with those polymers.

Chemical name
Poly(L-lactic acid)
Chemical formula
Formula weight
CAS number
33135?50?1, 26811?96?1, 26161?42?2
PoLyInfo PID
Crystalline polymer, Transparent polymer, Heat-resistant
(In case of becoming stereo complexed PLA)

Typical specification of PLLA

The following shows the specification example of our PLLA polymer product.
Testing item
Same as the standard IR spectrum of PLLA
Weight averaged
molecular weight(MW)
MW = 200,000 ? 280,000
Melting point(Tm
Tm = 180 ? 195 (℃)
Particle size
Not passing 500 μm mesh screen.
No contamination by foreign objects
Normal coloring (white or beige or ivory) (Sensory test with eye)
If you have the specific requirement for PLLA polymer, please feel free to ask us.

Potential application of PLLA

PLLA polymer is mainly applied for absorbable bone fixture and utilized for stent and adhesion barrier. When the stereo complex PLA (scPLA) is formed with PLLA and PDLA, scPLA has higher melting point and superior mechanical properties than PLLA and PDLA. Therefore, the research and development of scPLA has been continued.
Applicable examples of the medical device obtained from PLLA polymers are shown with color in follows: