Mechanical reinforcement methods of poli(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) for advanced industrial applications
Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) is a very promising biodegradable polymer from the family of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) with many potential applications in many important industrial fields such as biodegradable packaging, synthetic prosthesis, therapeutic delivery, wound dressing, porous supports as scaffolds for tissue engineering, etc. due to their excellent biocompatibility, non-toxicity, and suitable large-scale industrial production. However, many of its potential uses required for these applications often are hindered by their low mechanical strength. Thus, new methods have been developed in order to produce advanced PHBV-based materials as multicomponent systems exhibiting superior properties to increase the potential uses of these materials in a wide range of industrial sectors. In this review, we show great advances achieved so far in this research field. However, it is important to encourage all Material Science researchers to continue working in the enhancement of properties of this outstanding biopolymer.
Keywords: Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate), mechanical properties, biodegradable polymers, industrial applications, reinforcement.