Miscibility enhancement through hydrogen bonding interaction of biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) blending with poly(styrene-co-vinyl phenol) copolymer

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  • Shiao-Wei Kuo,

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    1. Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
    • Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
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  • Wei-Chen Liu

    1. Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
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Abstract

Differential scanning calorimetry, one- and two-dimensional Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been used to investigate the miscibility of and specific interactions between poly(styrene-co-vinyl phenol) (PSOH) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) upon varying the vinyl phenol content of the PSOH copolymer. The FTIR and solid state NMR spectra revealed that the phenol units of PVPh interact with the carbonyl groups of PHB through intermolecular hydrogen bonding. A miscibility window exists when the vinyl phenol fraction in the copolymer is greater than 22 mol % in the PSOH/PHB blend system, as predicted using the Painter–Coleman association model. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011

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