Application of (R)-3-hydroxyalkanoate methyl esters derived from microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates as novel biofuels.

@article{Zhang2009ApplicationO,
  title={Application of (R)-3-hydroxyalkanoate methyl esters derived from microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates as novel biofuels.},
  author={Xiaojun Zhang and Rongcong Luo and Zhen Wang and Yuan Deng and Guo-Qiang Chen},
  journal={Biomacromolecules},
  year={2009},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={707-11}
}
Microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) were proposed for the first time as a new type of biofuel. In this paper, poly-R-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and medium chain length PHA (mcl PHA) were, respectively, esterified to become R-3-hydroxybutyrate methyl ester (3HBME) and medium chain length hydroxyalkanoate methyl ester (3HAME) via acid-catalyzed hydrolysis. The recovery percentages of 3HBME and 3HAME were 52 and 65%, respectively. The purities of 3HBME and 3HAME were 97 and 96%, respectively… CONTINUE READING

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