The morphology and degradation behavior of electrospun poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/Magnetite and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/Magnetite composites



Electrospinning of biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB)/magnetite and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV)/magnetite composites in 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and chloroform are investigated to develop nonwoven nanofibrous structure. Ultrafine PHB/magnetite fibers are obtained and the resulting fiber diameters are in the range of 690–710 nm and 8.0–8.4 µm for the polymer dissolved in TFE and chloroform. The surface of PHB composites fiber fabricated in chloroform contains porous structures, which are not observed for the sample of PHB composites fiber dissolved in TFE. The fiber diameters for PHBV5/magnetite composites are in the range of 500–540 nm and 2.3–2.5 µm, depending on the use of TFE and chloroform. The average diameters of PHBV5/magnetite composite fibers are smaller than those of PHB/magnetite composites fiber. All electrospun PHB/magnetite and composite fibers are superparamagnetic. The degradation behaviors of PHB/magnetite and PHBV5/magnetite composite fibers were investigated using Caldimonas manganoxidans. For the fabricated composite fibers, it is found that the degradation rate increased with the increasing loading of magnetite nanoparticles. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 41070.