chapter  8
34 Pages

Potential Use of Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) for Biocomposite Development

ByPerrine Bordes, Eric Pottet, Luc Avérous

Most of today’s synthetic polymers are produced from petrochemicals and are not biodegradable. It is widely accepted that the use of long-lasting polymers in products with a short life span, such as engineering applications, packaging, catering, surgery, and hygiene, is not recommended. Moreover, an increased concern exists today about the preservation of

CONTENTS

8.1 Introduction ................................................................................................ 193 8.1.1 Context............................................................................................. 193 8.1.2 Biodegradability and “Compostability” ..................................... 194 8.1.3 Renewability and Sustainable Development ............................. 195 8.1.4 Biodegradable Polymer Classifications ....................................... 195 8.1.5 Nano-Biocomposites ...................................................................... 196

8.2 Polyhydroxyalkanoates ............................................................................. 197 8.2.1 Synthesis.......................................................................................... 197 8.2.2 Properties ........................................................................................ 198 8.2.3 Production and Applications .......................................................200