30. Microbiological Degradation of Polymeric Materials

  1. R. Winston Revie
  1. J.-D. Gu1,
  2. T. E. Ford2,
  3. D. B. Mitton3 and
  4. R. Mitchell4

Published Online: 19 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470872864.ch30

Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, Third Edition

Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, Third Edition

How to Cite

Gu, J.-D., Ford, T. E., Mitton, D. B. and Mitchell, R. (2011) Microbiological Degradation of Polymeric Materials, in Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, Third Edition (ed R. W. Revie), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470872864.ch30

Editor Information

  1. CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Biological Science, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

  2. 2

    University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA

  3. 3

    Gold Standard Corrosion Science Group, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  4. 4

    Laboratory of Microbial Ecology, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470080320

Online ISBN: 9780470872864



  • microbiological degradation of polymeric materials;
  • microbial biofilms on polymers - complex communities of microorganisms, in matrix of their exopolymers under natural conditions;
  • ASTM methods and practices - for testing biodegradation of polymers, and key characteristics of methods


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Applications of polymeric materials

  • Microbial biofilms on polymers

  • Degradation processes

  • Mechanisms of degradation

  • Degradation methodology

  • Plasticizers

  • Use of biocides

  • Biodegradation and health

  • Conclusions

  • References