Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a class of biopolymers capable of which can be produced through bacterial synthesis. Many PHAs have mechanical properties similar to those found in commonly used petroleum- based plastics and, as a result, have garnered interest as a potential as a more sustainable alternative to these materials. While PHAs are biodegradable, current techniques for large-scale biosynthesis require the use of large quantities of organic solvents that do not readily degrade in water and soil. As a result, the production process may incur additional environmental impacts, despite the use of more sustainable raw materials. Thus, recycling may further reduce the impact in the production and processing of PHAs.
Zhu, Morgan and Neal, Matt, "Recycling and Degradation of Mechanical Properties in Lowcrystallinity Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate-Co-3-Hydroxyhexanoate)" (2015). Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars. 11.