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Title: Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer films: A small-angle neutron scattering study.
Authors: Foster, LJR
Knott, RB
Sanguanchaipaiwong, V
Holden, PJ
Keywords: Synthetic Materials
Copolymers
Hybridization
Neutrons
Scattering
Thermoplastics
Issue Date: 15-Nov-2006
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Foster, L. J. R., Knott, R., Sanguanchaipaiwong, V., & Holden, P. J. (2006). Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer films: A small-angle neutron scattering study. Physica B-Condensed Matter, 385, 770-772.
Abstract: Polyhydroxyalkanoates have attracted attention as biodegradable alternatives to conventional thermoplastics and as biomaterials. Through modification of their biosynthesis using Pseudomonas oleovorans, we have manipulated the material properties of these biopolyesters and produced a natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer of polyhydroxyoctanoate-block-diethylene glycol (PHO-b-DEG). A mixture of PHO and PHO-DEG were solvent cast from analytical grade chloroform and analysed using small-angle neutron scattering. A scattering pattern, easily distinguished above the background, was displayed by the films with a diffraction ring at q similar to 0.12 angstrom(-1). This narrow ring of intensity is suggestive of a highly ordered system. Analysis of the diffraction pattern supported this concept and showed a d-spacing of approximately 50 angstrom. In addition, conformation of the hybrid polymer chains can be manipulated to support their self-assembly into ordered microporous films. Polyhydroxyalkanoates have attracted attention as biodegradable alternatives to conventional thermoplastics and as biomaterials. Through modification of their biosynthesis using Pseudomonas oleovorans, we have manipulated the material properties of these biopolyesters and produced a natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer of polyhydroxyoctanoate-block-diethylene glycol (PHO-b-DEG). A mixture of PHO and PHO-DEG were solvent cast from analytical grade chloroform and analysed using small-angle neutron scattering. A scattering pattern, easily distinguished above the background, was displayed by the films with a diffraction ring at q similar to 0.12 angstrom(-1). This narrow ring of intensity is suggestive of a highly ordered system. Analysis of the diffraction pattern supported this concept and showed a d-spacing of approximately 50 angstrom. In addition, conformation of the hybrid polymer chains can be manipulated to support their self-assembly into ordered microporous films. Polyhydroxyalkanoates have attracted attention as biodegradable alternatives to conventional thermoplastics and as biomaterials. Through modification of their biosynthesis using Pseudomonas oleovorans, we have manipulated the material properties of these biopolyesters and produced a natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer of polyhydroxyoctanoate-block-diethylene glycol (PHO-b-DEG). A mixture of PHO and PHO-DEG were solvent cast from analytical grade chloroform and analysed using small-angle neutron scattering. A scattering pattern, easily distinguished above the background, was displayed by the films with a diffraction ring at q similar to 0.12 angstrom(-1). This narrow ring of intensity is suggestive of a highly ordered system. Analysis of the diffraction pattern supported this concept and showed a d-spacing of approximately 50 angstrom. In addition, conformation of the hybrid polymer chains can be manipulated to support their self-assembly into ordered microporous films. © 2006, Elsevier Ltd.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physb.2006.06.079
http://apo.ansto.gov.au/dspace/handle/10238/1064
ISSN: 0921-4526
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