Porous amphiphilic biogel from facile chemo-biosynthetic route

Syed Mohammad Daniel Syed Mohamed, M. Suffian M. Annuar, Thorsten Heidelberg, Nor Faezah Ansari, Nor Hidayah Ismail


Grafting of medium chain length poly-3-hydroxyalkanoates (mcl-PHA) with glycerol 1,3-diglycerolate diacrylate (GDD) in acetone was performed using benzoyl peroxide as initiator. A detail mechanism scheme provides significant improvement to previous literature. Radical-mediated grafting generated - carbon inter-linking of mcl-PHA and GDD resulted in macromolecular structure with gel properties. Thermal properties of the copolymer for different graft yields were investigated as a function of initiator concentration, GDD monomer concentration, incubation period and temperature. The water absorption and porosity of the gel were significantly improved relative to neat mcl-PHA.


biogel; chemo-biosynthetic; biopolymer; radical grafting

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