• 1 School of Marine and Environmental Sciences, UMT, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • 2 Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals, NIBM,11700 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Data Brief, 2019 Apr;23:103675.
PMID: 30788397 DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.01.023


A significant source of microplastics is from the usage of microbeads in the market since petrochemical plastic bead is a material used in cosmetic scrubs. A possible way to counteract the problem is by the substitution of synthetic plastic to natural biodegradable polymer. Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is a general class of thermoplastic microbial polymer and it is the best alternative to some petrochemical plastics due to its biodegradability. Some PHA has earned its way into cosmetic application due to its biocompatibility. This data article reports data on the development of biodegradable microbeads by using the double emulsion solvent evaporation technique. Our data describe the extraction of biopolymer from marine bacteria that was cultivated in shaken flask culture, removal of endotoxins using oxidizing agent, the production of microbeads using a peristaltic pump with a specific flowrate and silicon tubing, and the cytotoxicity of the microbeads.

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