Developing PHB/wood four/cell debris composites through extrusion

Meng Hsin Tsai, Long Jiang, Michael P. Wolcott

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Abstract

Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)-based wood plastic composites (WPCs) are superior to ordinary petroleum-based WPCs in terms of environmental protection. However, PHB is more expensive than many of the commodity petrochemical polymers because of the costly separation and purification processes, which could be avoided by directly using PHB-laden bacteria to produce PHB-based WPC This study investigated the processing parameters, mechanical properties, and water resistance of the extruded composites with varying component ratios. The results indicate that some of the composites had outstanding properties compared with a commercial WPC Therefore, this renewable WPC can replace petroleum-based WPCs on current markets without sacrificing product performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication69th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2011, ANTEC 2011
Pages491-495
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Aug 22 2011
Event69th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2011, ANTEC 2011 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: May 1 2011May 5 2011

Publication series

NameAnnual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings
Volume1

Other

Other69th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2011, ANTEC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period5/1/115/5/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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    Tsai, M. H., Jiang, L., & Wolcott, M. P. (2011). Developing PHB/wood four/cell debris composites through extrusion. In 69th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2011, ANTEC 2011 (pp. 491-495). (Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1).