Preparation and degradation mechanisms of biodegradable polymer: a review

Polymers are difficult to degrade completely in Nature, and their catabolites may pollute the environment. In recent years, biodegradable polymers have become the hot topic in people’s daily life with increasing interest, and a controllable polymer biodegradation is one of the most important directions for future polymer science. This article presents the main preparation methods for biodegradable polymers and discusses their degradation mechanisms, the biodegradable factors, recent researches and their applications. The future researches of biodegradable polymers are also put forward.

S H Zeng, P P Duan, M X Shen, Y J Xue and Z Y Wang, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 137, Number 1, 2016 (Open access)

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