Advertisement

Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 14, pp 5886–5890 | Cite as

Preparation of biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) graft copolymer

  • Cai ZhijiangEmail author
  • Wen Zhihong
Letter

The research on degradable plastics, especially that of biodegradability has become one of the focuses of advanced material researching. Bacterial poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) is well known as thermoplastic aliphatic polyester. It has many advantages such as biodegradability, biocompatibility and optical activity [1]. Moreover PHB exhibits thermoplastic behavior and can be processed by traditional processing such as extrusion and injection moulding [2]. As it is a truly biodegradable and excellent biocompatible material, it is suitable for many promising applications: one is as a viable candidate for relieving environment concerns caused by disposal of non-degradable plastic [3]; the other is to provide biomedical material used in biomedical field such as surgical sutures, long term carriers of drugs and tissue engineering [4]. Unfortunately PHB is rather fragile, hydrophobic and for application in which a biodegradable material is required, its degradation time is too long.

In order...

Keywords

Contact Angle Glass Transition Temperature Water Contact Angle Graft Copolymer Graft Polymerization 

References

  1. 1.
    Wallen LL (1973) Institutet for Verkstadsteknisk Forskning IVF Resultat 2:30Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Calos NJ, Kennard CHL (1994) Polymer 21:4595CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Howells ER (1982) Chem Ind 8:508Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Simon FW, David DM, Daniel MH, Oliver PP (1999) Int J Biol Macromol 25:111CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Grassie N, Murray EJ, Holmes PA (1984) Polym Degrad Stab 6:95CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Yoon JS, Lee WS, Jin HJ, Chin IN (1999) Eur Polym J 5:781CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Kim BO, Woo SI (1998) Polym Bull 12:707CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Pizzoli M, Scandola M, Ceccorulli G (1994) Macromolecules 17:4755CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Reeve RS, McCarthy S, Gross RA (1992) Polym Mater Sci Eng 67:232Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lotti N, Pizzoli M, Ceccorulli G, Scandola M (1993) Polymer 23:4935CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Reeve RS, McCarthy S, Gross RA (1992) Polym Mater Sci Eng 67:182Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Yalpani M, Marchessault RH, Moin FG, Monaseterios CJ (1991) Macromolecules 24:6046CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Brown HE (1938) J Am Chem Soc 60:1325CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Pearce R, Marchessault RH (1994) Polymer 35:3990CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Science and Chemical EngineeringTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinChina

Personalised recommendations