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Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biologically produced polyesters that have potential application as biodegradable plastics. Especially important are the short-chain-length-medium-chain-length (SCL-MCL) PHA copolymers, which have properties ranging from thermoplastic to elastomeric, depending on the ratio of SCL to MCL monomers incorporated into the(More)
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biodegradable polyesters that have a wide variety of physical properties dependent on the lengths of the pendant groups of the monomer units in the polymer. PHAs composed of mostly short-chain-length (SCL) monomers are often stiff and brittle, whereas PHAs composed of mostly medium-chain-length (MCL) monomers are elastomeric(More)
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) composed of a mixture of short-chain-length-medium-chain-length (SCL-MCL) hydroxyacyl monomers are biologically produced polyesters that have properties ranging from thermoplastic to elastomeric, dependent on the molar ratio of SCL to MCL monomers incorporated into the copolymer. Because of the potential wide range of properties(More)
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