Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bioplastics from algae

Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a thermoplastic polyester which occurs naturally in bacteria as Ralstonia eutropha and Bacillus megaterium. Even though PHB is biodegradable and is not dependent on fosssil resources, this bioplastic has been traditionally too expensive to produce to replace petroleum-based plastics.

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