Microbial polyesters: Synthesis and applications

Sandrine Cammas-Marion, María Elisa Martínez-Barbosa*

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Microbial polyesters, such as poly(hydroxyalkanoates) and poly(hydroxy acids), represent a potential sustainable replacement for fossil fuel-based plastics/polymers. They are gaining increasing attention in the biodegradable polymers market either for applications in the biomedical field or as bioplastics for packaging or agricultural applications, for example. In this chapter, we will first describe the structures of microbial (co)polyesters and their classification. Then, the different synthesis routes of microbial polyesters and their copolymers, their main characteristics (processability, biodegradability and biocompatibility) and their main applications will be presented. Finally, the future prospects of such microbial polyesters will be exposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFundamentals of Natural Fibres and Textiles
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9780128214831
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Biocompatibility
  • Biodegradability
  • Biomedical applications
  • Bioplastics
  • Biosynthesis
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Microbial strains
  • Poly(hydroxyalkanoates)


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