Albert J. J. Woortman

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Bio-based commercially available succinate, itaconate and 1,4-butanediol are enzymatically co-polymerized in solution via a two-stage method, using Candida antarctica Lipase B (CALB, in immobilized form as Novozyme® 435) as the biocatalyst. The chemical structures of the obtained products, poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and poly(butylene(More)
Starch is an omnipresent constituent which is used for its nutritional and structuring properties. Recently concerns have been raised since starch is a source of readily available glucose which is tightly correlated with diabetes type II and obesity. For this reason, the possibilities for modulating the digestibility of starch while preserving its(More)
Several methods were used to investigate the possibility of preparing inclusion complexes between amylose and polytetrahydrofurans (PTHF) via direct mixing. Potato amylose (M(v) ∼ 200 kg/mol) and synthetic amylose (M(n) 42 kg/mol) were complexed with PTHF having different molecular weights (M(n) between 650 and 2900 g/mol) to study the effect of the length(More)
Amylose inclusion complexes are prepared by complexation of synthetic amylose having a covalently attached PTHF block (PTHF-b-amylose) with guest polytetrahydrofuran of molecular weights of 650 and 1000 g · mol(-1) (PTHF650 and PTHF1000). Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis of the products shows a characteristic melting peak of the complexes at(More)
A new class of rod-coil block copolymers is synthesized by chemoenzymatic polymerization. In the first step, maltoheptaose, which acts as a primer for the synthesis of amylose, is attached to poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2 VP). The enzymatic polymerization of maltoheptaose is carried out by phosphorylase to obtain amylose-b-P2 VP block copolymers. The block(More)
The enzymatic ring-opening copolymerization of ε-caprolactone (ε-CL) and β-lactam by using Candida antarctica lipase B (CAL-B) as catalyst was studied. Variation of the feed ratios of 25:75, 50:50, and 75:25 of ε-CL/β-lactam was performed. The products contain poly(ε-CL-co-β-lactam) and the homopolymers of poly(ε-CL) and poly(β-lactam). The structure of the(More)
Determination of the size distributions of natural polysaccharides is a challenging task. More advantageous for characterization are well-defined synthetic (hyper)-branched polymers. In this study we concentrated on synthetic amylopectin analogues in order to obtain and compare all available data for different distributions and size dependence of molecular(More)
Amylose and polytetrahydrofuran (PTHF) are mixed in an aqueous solution to form inclusion complexes. DSC shows that immediate mixing results in complexes having lower melting temperatures compared with complexes prepared with longer mixing times. The washed complexes melt at higher temperatures compared with the corresponding unwashed complexes. XRD(More)
The formation of amylose-polystyrene inclusion complexes via a novel two-step approach is described. In the first-step, styrene was inserted inside the amylose helical cavity, followed by free radical polymerization in the second step. The inclusion complexes were characterized by attenuated total reflection fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(More)
Highly crystalline amylose-polytetrahydrofuran (PTHF) complexes can be obtained by employing organic solvents as washing agents after complex formation. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the washed complexes appear sharp at 12.9°-13.2° and 19.6°-20.1°, clear signs of the presence of V6I -amylose. Other diffraction peaks correlate with V6II -amylose, which(More)