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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Aromatic/Aliphatic Polyester Blends
Author: Quental, AC
de Carvalho, FP
Rezende, ML
Rosa, DS
Felisberti, MI
Abstract: Blends of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and poly(ethylene terephthalate-co-1,4-cyclohexenedimethanol terephthalate) (PETG) were prepared in a batch mixer and in a twin screw extruder and characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE SEM), flexural tests, biodegradation tests in soil compost and in an enzymatic medium. The torque data showed that the addition of PETG to PHB improved its processability. DSC, DMA and FE SEM showed that the polymers are immiscible with morphology dependent on the processing conditions. A fine dispersion of PETG in the PHB matrix was observed for extruded and injection molded blends. Flexural modulus for blends was higher for blends in comparison with PHB, while the impact resistance of blends containing 20 wt% and 30 wt% of PETG is comparable to the value for PHB. PHB is biodegradable, while PETG did not degrade either in simulated soil or in the alpha-amylase medium. On the other hand, the PHB phase of the blends degrades under these aging conditions. Thus, the addition of PETG to PHB results in advantage such as improving of processability and Young's modulus without significant changes in the impact resistance while keeping the biodegradability of PHB.
Subject: Blends
Country: EUA
Editor: Springer/plenum Publishers
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s10924-010-0183-2
Date Issue: 2010
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