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Thermal Degradation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) in Nitrogen and Oxygen Studied by ThermogravimetricFourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Volume 61, Number 7 (July 2007) Page 755-764

Vogel, Christian; Morita, Shigeaki; Sato, Harumi; Noda, Isao; Ozaki, Yukihiro; Siesler, Heinz W.


The thermal degradation behavior of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (P(HB-co-HHx), HHx = 12 mol%) has been studied under different environmental conditions by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. It is reported that at higher temperature (>400 °C) carbon dioxide and propene are formed from the decomposition product crotonic acid in a nitrogen atmosphere, whereas in an oxygen atmosphere propene oxidizes in a further step to carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. It was also found that PHB and P(HB-co-HHx) have a similar thermal degradation mechanism. The analysis of the FT-IR-spectroscopic data was performed with 2D and perturbation-correlation moving-window 2D (PCMW2D) correlation spectroscopy.