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Variable-Temperature Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Investigations of Poly(3-Hydroxyalkanoates) and Perturbation-Correlation Moving-Window Two-Dimensional Correlation Analysis. Part I: Study of Non-Annealed and Annealed Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate) Homopolymer

Volume 63, Number 9 (Sept. 2009) Page 1027-1033

Unger, Miriam; Morita, Shigeaki; Sato, Harumi; Ozaki, Yukihiro; Siesler, Heinz W.

Generalized two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2DCOS) and perturbation-correlation moving-window two-dimensional (PCMW2D) correlation spectroscopy were applied to explore the melting behavior of non-annealed and annealed poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) homopolymer as studied by variable-temperature Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The absorption band of the C=O stretching vibration was employed to investigate the structural changes during the heating process (30-200 °C). Non-annealed PHB showed a recrystallization process in the temperature range 30-120 °C. In the asynchronous 2D correlation spectrum we clearly captured the existence of two components in the crystallinity-sensitive wing of the C=O stretching mode: a well-ordered crystalline state at lower wavenumbers (1718 cm−1) and a less ordered crystalline state at higher wavenumbers (1724 cm−1). These crystallinity-sensitive bands at 1718 and 1724 cm−1, which are not readily detectable in the one-dimensional (1D) FT-IR spectra, share asynchronous cross-peaks with bands at around 1737 and 1747 cm−1 assignable to the C=O stretching absorptions due to the amorphous components. In the case of the melting process of non-annealed PHB in the temperature range 120-200 °C, it is helpful to use the PCMW2D correlation analysis, which indicates the recrystallization between 40 and 110 °C by the shift of the C=O stretching band from 1726 cm−1 to 1722 cm−1 and the sharp change to the broad amorphous C=O stretching absorption at 1747 cm−1 at the melting temperature of PHB around 190 °C. For an annealed sample of PHB only the melting behavior was observed in the PCMW2D correlation analysis by the sharp transition from the crystalline to the amorphous C=O stretching band.