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Biopolyesters pp 263-291 | Cite as

Properties, Modifications and Applications of Biopolyesters

  • G. A. M. van der Walle
  • G. J. M. de Koning
  • R. A. Weusthuis
  • G. Eggink
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Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 71)

Abstract

Poly(hydroxyalkanoates) (PHAs), of which poly(hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) is the most common, can be accumulated by a large number of bacteria as energy and carbon reserve. Due to their biodegradability and biocompatibility these optically active biopolyesters may find industrial applications. A general overview of the physical and material properties of PHAs, alongside with accomplished applications and new developments in this field is presented in this chapter.

Keywords

Poly(hydroxyalkanoates) Biopolyesters Properties Modification Crosslinking Biodegradable Environmentally friendly paints Coatings Rubbers Adhesives 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. M. van der Walle
    • 1
  • G. J. M. de Koning
    • 2
  • R. A. Weusthuis
    • 1
  • G. Eggink
    • 1
  1. 1.Agrotechnological Research Institute (ATO)Wageningenthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Polymeric construction materialsDSM ResearchGeleenthe Netherlands

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