Polyhydroxyalkanoates-Based Nanocomposites: An Efficient and Promising Way of Finely Controlling Functional Material Properties

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This chapter aims at highlighting on recent advances in preparation, characterization, and functional properties of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and their layered silicate nanocomposites. These materials have attracted considerable interest in material science research. PHA are microbial polyesters produced by numerous bacteria in nature as intracellular reserve of carbon or energy. They are also generally biodegradable, with good biocompatibility, making them attractive as biomaterials. Nevertheless, biodegradable polymers alone as PHA have limited physical and mechanical properties which, at present, do not allow them to fully replace the mainstream plastics. The preparation of bionanocomposites defined as a combination between PHA and inorganic nanofillers as layered silicates is a route to enhance some of the biodegradable PHA properties. Preparative techniques include essentially intercalation of PHA in solution and melt intercalation.

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Polyhydroxyalkanoates-Based Nanocomposites: An Efficient and Promising Way of Finely Controlling Functional Material Properties
Book Title
Handbook of Polymernanocomposites. Processing, Performance and Application
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10.1007/978-3-642-38649-7
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10.1007/978-3-642-38649-7_7
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  • Jitendra K. Pandey Send Email (1)
  • Kummetha Raghunatha Reddy Send Email (2)
  • Amar Kumar Mohanty Send Email (3)
  • Manjusri Misra Send Email (4)
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  • 1 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, India
  • 2 Department of Future Industry-Oriented Basic Science and Materials, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan
  • 3 Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 4 Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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  • Stéphane Bruzaud Send Email (5)
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  • 5 Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Matériaux de Bretagne (LIMATB), Université de Bretagne-Sud, Rue de Saint Maudé, Cedex, 56321, Lorient, France
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