11. Analytical Methods for Monitoring Biodegradation Processes of Environmentally Degradable Polymers

  1. Prof. Andreas Lendlein2,3,4 and
  2. Dr. Adam Sisson3,4,5
  1. Maarten van der Zee

Published Online: 27 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9783527635818.ch11

Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers: Isolation, Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers: Isolation, Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

How to Cite

van der Zee, M. (2011) Analytical Methods for Monitoring Biodegradation Processes of Environmentally Degradable Polymers, in Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers: Isolation, Synthesis, Characterization and Applications (eds A. Lendlein and A. Sisson), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527635818.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    GKSS Forschungszentrum, Inst. für Chemie, Kantstr. 55, 14513 Teltow, Germany

  2. 3

    Center for Biomaterial Development, Institute of Polymer Research, Helmholtz-Zemtrum Geesthacht, Kantstr. 55, 14513 Teltow, Germany

  3. 4

    Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies, Institute of Polymer Research, Helmholtz-Zemtrum Geesthacht, Kantstr. 55, 14513 Teltow, Germany

  4. 5

    GKSS Forschungszentrum, Zentrum f. Biomaterialentw., Kantstraße 55, 14513 Teltow, Germany

Author Information

  1. Wageningen UR, Food & Biobased Research, P.O. Box 17, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527324415

Online ISBN: 9783527635818

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Keywords:

  • biodegradable polymers;
  • polymer degradation;
  • biomass;
  • dissolved organic carbon (DOC);
  • theoretical oxygen demand (TOD);
  • chemical oxygen demand (COD)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Some Background

  • Defining Biodegradability

  • Mechanisms of Polymer Degradation

  • Measuring Biodegradation of Polymers

  • Conclusions

  • References