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Research Article

Poly (3-Hydroxyalkanoates): Biodegradable Plastics

Surbhi Jain1*, AK Singh2 and Archana Tiwari3

1UIT, Department of Chemistry, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Airport Bypass Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462033, India

2UIT, Engineering Chemistry, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Airport Bypass Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462033, India

3UTD, School of Biotechnology, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Airport Bypass Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462033, India

*Corresponding Author:
Surbhi Jain
UIT, Department of Chemistry, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya
Airport Bypass Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462033, India

Received date: 29/11/2013; Revised date: 17/12/2013; Accepted date: 27/12/2013

 

Abstract

During the 1920’s, a polyester called poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) was discovered in bacterial cells. This compound, otherwise known as PHB, is part of a polyester family called polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). Polyhydroxyalkanoates are used as an energy and carbon storage compound within certain bacterial cells. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are thermoplastic, biodegradable polyesters synthesized by some bacteria from renewable carbon sources. However, their application is limited by high production cost. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) have attracted research and commercial interests worldwide because they can be used as biodegradable thermoplastics and also because they can be produced from renewable resources. This review will present an overview on synthesis and degradation of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), development as biodegradable plastics and its potential production from renewable resources such as palm oil products.

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