Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
The melting, crystallization and dynamic mechanical behaviour of blends of bacterially produced poly[D(-)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) and poly[D(-)-3-hydroxyvalerate] (PHV) have been investigated. Results showed that melt-pressed PHB-PHV blends contained phase-separated domains in the melt which subsequently crystallized as PHB and PHV type spherulites respectively. The two melting regions detected by DTA related to separate melting of PHB and PHV crystallites, which were almost unaffected by the blend composition. The mechanical behaviour of a random copolymer of PHB/HV was compared with that of a blend of almost the same composition, and found to be markedly different.
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