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Title: Biodegradable polymer blends of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and starch acetate
Authors: Zhang, L. 
Deng, X.
Zhao, S.
Huang, Z.
Keywords: Blend
Starch acetate
Thermal behaviour
Issue Date: 1997
Source: Zhang, L.,Deng, X.,Zhao, S.,Huang, Z. (1997). Biodegradable polymer blends of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and starch acetate. Polymer International 44 (1) : 104-110. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The thermal behaviour and phase morphology of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and starch acetate (SA) blends have been studied by differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and polarizing optical microscopy. PHB/SA blends were immiscible. The melting temperatures of PHB in the blends showed some shift with increase of SA content. The melting enthalpy of the PHB phase in the blend was close to the value for pure PHB. The glass transition temperatures of PHB in the blends remained constant at 9°C. The FTIR absorptions of hydroxyl groups of SA and carbonyl groups of PHB in the blends were found to be independent of the second component at 3470 cm-1 and 1724 cm-1, respectively. The crystallization of PHB was affected by the addition of the SA component both from the melt on cooling and from the glassy state on heating. The temperature and enthalpy of non-isothermal crystallization of PHB in the blends were much lower than those of pure PHB. The crystalline morphology of PHB crystallized from the melt under isothermal conditions varied with SA content. The cold crystallization peaks of PHB in the blends shifted to higher temperatures compared with that of pure PHB.
Source Title: Polymer International
ISSN: 09598103
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