Properties and Modification of Poly(3-hydroxybutanoate)
Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Poly(3-hydroxybutanoate) (PHB) is a biodegradable polyester, conventionally processable due to its thermoplasticity. Even though PHB has many advantages over other plastics, its wide use is hindered by unacceptable brittleness, high price and a high sensitivity to thermal degradation. The present paper provides an overview of basic properties of PHB and of possible ways of their modification, which could lead to a material with improved properties, suitable for application on a larger scale.
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