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Title: Biodegradable polymer blends of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly(DL-lactide)-co-poly(ethylene glycol)
Authors: Zhang, L. 
Deng, X.
Zhao, S.
Huang, Z.
Keywords: Blend
Morphology
Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)
Poly(Dl-lactide)-co-poly(ethylene glycol)
Thermal behavior
Issue Date: 6-Sep-1997
Source: Zhang, L.,Deng, X.,Zhao, S.,Huang, Z. (1997-09-06). Biodegradable polymer blends of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly(DL-lactide)-co-poly(ethylene glycol). Journal of Applied Polymer Science 65 (10) : 1849-1856. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The melting and crystallization behavior and phase morphology of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and poly(DL-lactide)-co-poly(ethylene glycol) (PELA) blends were studied by DSC, SEM, and polarizing optical microscopy. The melting temperatures of PHB in the blends showed a slight shift, and the melting enthalpy of the blends decreased linearly with the increase of PELA content. The glass transition temperatures of PHB/PELA (60/40), (40/60), and (20/80) blends were found at about 30°C, close to that of the pure PELA component, during DSC heating runs for the original samples and samples after cooling from the melt at a rate of 20°C/min. After a DSC cooling run at a rate of 100°C/min, the blends showed glass transitions in the range of 10-30°C. Uniform distribution of two phases in the blends was observed by SEM. The crystallization of PHB in the blends from both the melt and the glassy state was affected by the PELA component. When crystallized from the melt during the DSC nonisothermal crystallization run at a rate of 20°C/min, the temperatures of crystallization decreased with the increase of PELA content. Compared with pure PHB, the cold crystallization peaks of PHB in the blends shifted to higher temperatures. Well-defined spherulites of PHB were found in both pure PHB and the blends with PHB content of 80 or 60%. The growth of spherulites of PHB in the blends was affected significantly by 60% PELA content. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Source Title: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/75668
ISSN: 00218995
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