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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(1), 564-596; doi:10.3390/ijms16010564

Polyester-Based (Bio)degradable Polymers as Environmentally Friendly Materials for Sustainable Development

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Polymers, Acad. Georgi Bonchev St., Bl. 103A, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, 34 M. Curie-Sklodowska St., Zabrze 41-800, Poland
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Academic Editor: Carl Joseph Schaschke
Received: 2 October 2014 / Accepted: 11 December 2014 / Published: 29 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradable Materials)
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This review focuses on the polyesters such as polylactide and polyhydroxyalkonoates, as well as polyamides produced from renewable resources, which are currently among the most promising (bio)degradable polymers. Synthetic pathways, favourable properties and utilisation (most important applications) of these attractive polymer families are outlined. Environmental impact and in particular (bio)degradation of aliphatic polyesters, polyamides and related copolymer structures are described in view of the potential applications in various fields. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbial and synthetic polyester; polylactide; polyamide; poly(ester amide); renewable resource microbial and synthetic polyester; polylactide; polyamide; poly(ester amide); renewable resource

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Rydz, J.; Sikorska, W.; Kyulavska, M.; Christova, D. Polyester-Based (Bio)degradable Polymers as Environmentally Friendly Materials for Sustainable Development. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 564-596.

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