Synthesis of poly-(R)-3 hydroxyoctanoate (PHO) and its graphene nanocomposites

Ahmed Abdala, John Barrett, Friedrich Srienc

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Polyhydroxyalkanoates are a popular class of bioplastics valued for their rapid biodegradadion, biocompatibility, and renewable feedstocks. While there are already a few commercial applications for these biopolymers, a greater diversity of properties is needed to compete with petroleum based polymers. In this chapter, we report the synthesis and characterization of polyhdroxyoctanoate and its nanocomposite with thermally reduced graphene. The results indicate the incorporation of graphene into the PHO matrix leads to a small upshift in the glass transition, enhance the thermal stability, and ∼600% increase in modulus. Electrical percolation between 0.5 and 1 vol.% TRG was obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGreen Polymer Chem
Subtitle of host publicationBiocatalysis and Materials II
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780841228955
StatePublished - Nov 22 2013

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918


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