Albert J.J. Woortman

Learn More
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Amylose forms inclusion complexes with lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), that decrease the susceptibility of amylose to amylase degradation. This study on the influence of complexation on starch susceptibility to amylase explains the nature of this protective effect. Wheat starch suspensions (9% w/w) containing 0.5-5% LPC were subjected to hydrolysis by(More)
Amylose-fatty acid inclusion complexes can be easily prepared by simple mixing in hot aqueous solutions. Above a critical chain length (C6) of the fatty acid insoluble complexes between amylose and each fatty acid (C8, C10, C12, C14, C16) were precipitated from the solution, and characterized by FT-IR, XRD, DSC, and SEC. The presence of the characteristic(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)