Biosynthesis and Characteristics of Aromatic Polyhydroxyalkanoates
AbstractPolyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are polyesters synthesized by bacteria as a carbon and energy storage material. PHAs are characterized by thermoplasticity, biodegradability, and biocompatibility, and thus have attracted considerable attention for use in medical, agricultural, and marine applications. The properties of PHAs depend on the monomer composition and many types of PHA monomers have been reported. This review focuses on biosynthesized PHAs bearing aromatic groups as side chains. Aromatic PHAs show characteristics different from those of aliphatic PHAs. This review summarizes the types of aromatic PHAs and their characteristics, including their thermal and mechanical properties and degradation behavior. Furthermore, the effect of the introduction of an aromatic monomer on the glass transition temperature (Tg) of PHAs is discussed. The introduction of aromatic monomers into PHA chains is a promising method for improving the properties of PHAs, as the characteristics of aromatic PHAs differ from those of aliphatic PHAs. View Full-Text
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Ishii-Hyakutake, M.; Mizuno, S.; Tsuge, T. Biosynthesis and Characteristics of Aromatic Polyhydroxyalkanoates. Polymers 2018, 10, 1267.
Ishii-Hyakutake M, Mizuno S, Tsuge T. Biosynthesis and Characteristics of Aromatic Polyhydroxyalkanoates. Polymers. 2018; 10(11):1267.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ishii-Hyakutake, Manami; Mizuno, Shoji; Tsuge, Takeharu. 2018. "Biosynthesis and Characteristics of Aromatic Polyhydroxyalkanoates." Polymers 10, no. 11: 1267.
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