Synthesis of Poly-(R)-3 Hydroxyoctanoate (PHO) and Its Graphene Nanocomposites Chapter uri icon


  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates are a popular class of bioplastics valued for their rapid biodegradadion, biocompatibility, and renewable feedstocks. While there are already a few commercial applications for these biopolymers, a greater diversity of properties is needed to compete with petroleum based polymers. In this chapter, we report the synthesis and characterization of polyhdroxyoctanoate and its nanocomposite with thermally reduced graphene. The results indicate the incorporation of graphene into the PHO matrix leads to a small upshift in the glass transition, enhance the thermal stability, and ~600% increase in modulus. Electrical percolation between 0.5 and 1 vol.% TRG was obtained.

author list (cited authors)

  • Abdala, A., Barrett, J., & Srienc, F.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Abdala, Ahmed||Barrett, John||Srienc, Friedrich

Book Title

  • Green Polymer Chemistry: Biocatalysis and Materials II

publication date

  • January 2013