Poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB), a bacterial polyester, is subject to a detrimental ageing process, which hampers its application possibilities. This ageing phenomenon is usually studied using moulded specimens, and was found to be related to a loss in segmental mobility. The presence of additives and orientation in moulded PHB samples might influence this ageing process. As a reference for our ageing studies, we therefore conducted a study on the ageing effects in virgin PHB powder. For this purpose a method is required to measure the mobility in a powder without the employment of heat or mechanical strain, since these are known to induce deageing. This paper describes a suitable technique based on the principle that the variation of the radical concentration with temperature after y-irradiation at 77 K provides a measure of the changes in the segmental mobility of the polymer chains
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Ageing phenomena in bacterial poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] / G. J. M. de Koning and P. J. Lemstra // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 3295-3297.