Determination of solution properties of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and deuterated poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) by SANS

PMSE 495

Seok Il Yun,, Robert A. Russell, and Peter J. Holden. Institute for Environmental Research, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organsiation, PMB 1, Menai, NSW 2234, Australia
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are natural, linear, thermoplastic polyesters synthesized by micro-organisms as intracellular carbon reserves and ion sinks in response to limited nutrient availability and imposed stress conditions. We bio-synthesized PHB and deuterated PHB (d-PHB) and performed SANS on the dilute solutions of these molecules. In this paper, we report the conformational properties of PHB and d-PHB in d-chloroform and chloroform, respectively.