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In this paper, chemical functionalization of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) was carried out by using of salicyl aldehyde (SAl) and salicylic acid (SAc) as co-initiators of ring opening polymerization (ROP). Two factorial designs (2 2 ) were performed to evaluate the effects of the lactide/catalyst and co-initiator/catalyst molar ratios on the content of aldehyde or carboxylic acid end groups, thermal properties and molecular weight (Mw) of PLA. Tin(II) 2-ethylhexanoate was used as a catalyst. Thedoi:10.21577/0103-5053.20170118 fatcat:ewizcet6qjdafnrlbtqedbuj4u