What is it about?
This review presents an overview of poly(hydroxyalkanoates), addressing alternative carbon sources as substrates for their synthesis, and a description of analytical and extraction methods applied to recover and characterize this biopolymer.
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Why is it important?
The scientific industrial prominence of PHAs is due to their characteristics, such as thermoplasticity, biodegradability, non-toxicity, and biocompatibility. This versatility makes these biopolymers potential candidates for industrial, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and food packaging applications. Despite these advantages, the commercialization of PHA on a large scale is restricted by its high production cost compared to petroleum-based plastics.
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This page is a summary of: Polyhydroxyalkanoates: Biosynthesis from Alternative Carbon Sources and Analytic Methods: A Short Review, Journal of Polymers and the Environment, February 2022, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s10924-022-02403-7.
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