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Effect of Hydroxyl Monomers on the Enzymatic Degradation of Poly(ethylene succinate), Poly(butylene succinate), and Poly(hexylene succinate)

by Zhenhui Bai 1,†, Yun Liu 2,†, Tingting Su 1,* and Zhanyong Wang 1,*
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College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Liaoning Shihua University, Fushun 113001, China
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College of Life S ciences and Oceanography, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Polymers 2018, 10(1), 90; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10010090
Received: 14 December 2017 / Revised: 14 January 2018 / Accepted: 15 January 2018 / Published: 18 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradable and Biobased Polyesters)
Poly(ethylene succinate) (PES), poly(butylene succinate) (PBS), and poly(hexylene succinate) (PHS), were synthesized using succinic acid and different dihydric alcohols as materials. Enzymatic degradability by cutinase of the three kinds of polyesters was studied, as well as their solid-state properties. The biodegradation behavior relied heavily on the distance between ester groups, crystallinity, and the hydrophilicity-hydrophobicity balance of polyester surfaces. The weight loss through degradation of the three kinds of polyesters with different hydroxyl monomers took place in the order PHS > PBS > PES. The degradation behavior of the polyesters before and after degradation was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, and thermogravimetric analysis. The decrease in relative intensity at 1800–1650 estedpolyesters were degraded simultaneously. The frequencies of the crystalline and amorphous bands were almost identical before and after degradation. Thus, enzymatic degradation did not change the crystalline structure but destroyed it, and the degree of crystallinity markedly decreased. The molecular weight and polydispersity index only changed slightly. The thermal stability of the three kinds of polyesters decreased during enzymatic degradation. View Full-Text
Keywords: poly(ethylene succinate); poly(butylene succinate); poly(hexylene succinate); cutinase; biodegradability poly(ethylene succinate); poly(butylene succinate); poly(hexylene succinate); cutinase; biodegradability
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Bai, Z.; Liu, Y.; Su, T.; Wang, Z. Effect of Hydroxyl Monomers on the Enzymatic Degradation of Poly(ethylene succinate), Poly(butylene succinate), and Poly(hexylene succinate). Polymers 2018, 10, 90.

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