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AbstractBiodegradable materials are used in packaging, agriculture, medicine and other areas. In recent years there has been an increase in interest in biodegradable polymers. Two classes of biodegradable polymers can be distinguished: synthetic or natural polymers. There are polymers produced from feedstocks derived either from petroleum resources (non renewable resources) or from biological resources (renewable resources). In general natural polymers offer fewer advantages than synthetic polymers. The following review presents an overview of the different biodegradable polymers that are currently being used and their properties, as well as new developments in their synthesis and applications.
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Vroman, I.; Tighzert, L. Biodegradable Polymers. Materials 2009, 2, 307-344.View more citation formats
Vroman I, Tighzert L. Biodegradable Polymers. Materials. 2009; 2(2):307-344.Chicago/Turabian Style
Vroman, Isabelle; Tighzert, Lan. 2009. "Biodegradable Polymers." Materials 2, no. 2: 307-344.