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Macromolecular Division


Number: 430/5/93

Title: Biodegradable Polymers

Coordinator(s): A.C. Albertsson

Completion Date: 2000 - project completed

As a first step a workshop on biodegradable polymers and recycling "Controlled Life-Cycle of Polymeric Materials, Biodegradable Polymers and Recycling" was organized in 1994. Recent advances in biodegradable polymer synthesis, production, biodegradation, environmental degradation and recycling were presented by leading scientists in these fields. The consensus was that a sound polymer waste management would require complementary practices of conversion, recycling, incineration and biodegradation/bioconversion (biological recycling).

The most recent activity and meeting took place in the context of the 5th International Scientific Workshop on "Biodegradable Plastics and Polymers", June 9-13, 1998 in Stockholm.
From an earlier meeting in 1997, this group contributed to a volume published as Macromol. Symp. 130 (1998). Another report in the Macromol. Symp. will be published in Vol. 135. The WP also held a special meeting to organize a group of the European scientists for Biodegradable Polymers. The group is planning work on bioenvironmental polymers: the total environment which can be renewable polymers as well as biodegradable.
Project completed

Last update: 29 March 2000

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