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Title: Characterization and properties of biodegradable poly(hydroxyalkanoates) and 4,4-dihydroxydiphenylpropane blends: Intermolecular hydrogen bonds, miscibility and crystallization
Authors: Chen, C
Dong, L
Yu, PHF
Keywords: Crystallization
Hydrogen bonds
Miscibility
Poly(hydroxyalkanoates)
Thermal stability
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: European polymer journal, 2006, v. 42, no. 10, p. 2838-2848 How to cite?
Journal: European polymer journal 
Abstract: Intermolecular hydrogen bonds, miscibility, crystallization and thermal stability of the blends of biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB), poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) [P(3HB-3HHx)] with 4,4-dihydroxydiphenylpropane (DOH2) were investigated by FTIR, 13C solid state NMR, DSC, WAXD and TGA. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds were found in both blend systems, which resulted from the carbonyl groups in the amorphous phase of both polyesters and the hydroxyl groups of DOH2. The intermolecular interaction between P(3HB-3HHx) and DOH2 is weaker than that between PHB and DOH2 owing to the steric hindrance of longer 3HHx side chains. Because of the effect of the hydrogen bonds, the chain mobility of both PHB and P(3HB-3HHx) components was limited after blending with DOH2 molecules. Single glass transition temperature depending on the composition was observed in all blends, indicating that those blends were miscible in the melt. The addition of DOH2 suppressed the crystallization of PHB and P(3HB-3HHx) components. Moreover, the crystallinity of PHB and P(3HB-3HHx) components also decreased with increasing DOH2 content in the blends. However, the crystal structures of the crystallizable components were not affected. The existence of DOH2 favors to thermal decomposition of PHB and P(3HB-3HHx) components, resulting in the decrease in thermal decomposition temperature.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21836
ISSN: 0014-3057
DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2006.07.005
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