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H. Kaczmarek, K. Bajer

Basic definitions and methods of evaluation of biodegradation of polymer materials

Polimery 2006, No 10, 716



DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.2006.716

Summary

The basic terms and definitions concerning biodegradation of polymers, used in the present scientific literature (in English language as well as Polish equivalents), were collected and systematized. The investigations of biodegradation of polymers in various environments (in a soil, compost, water, mineral substrate as well as in the presence of isolated microorganisms or enzymes) were discussed. Various environment conditions determining the course of biodegradation process were characterized (temperature, pH, humidity).


Key words: polymer materials, biodegradation, terminology, environments, conditions


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H. Kaczmarek, K. Bajer

Basic definitions and methods of evaluation of biodegradation of polymer materials