Thermal Properties and Biodegradability Studies of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)
Author(s)Shang, Longan; Fei, Qiang; Zhang, Yan Hui; Wang, Xian Zheng; Fan, Dai-Di; Chang, Ho Nam; ... Show more Show less
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For investigating the relationship between thermal properties and biodegradability of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV), several films of PHBV containing different polyhydroxyvalerate (HV) fractions were subjected to degradation in different conditions for up to 49 days. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry (TG), specimen weight loss and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were performed to characterize the thermal properties and enzymatic biodegradability of PHBV. The experimental results suggest that the degradation rates of PHBV films increase with decreasing crystallinity; the degradability of PHBV occurring from the surface is very significant under enzymatic hydrolysis; the crystallinity of PHBV decreased with the increase of HV fraction in PHBV; and no decrease in molecular weight was observed in the partially-degraded polymer.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biology
Journal of Polymers and the Environment
Shang, Longan et al. “Thermal Properties and Biodegradability Studies of Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate-Co-3-Hydroxyvalerate).” Journal of Polymers and the Environment 20.1 (2012): 23–28.
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