Biodegradable Polymeric Materials

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  • Prof. Emo Chiellini,

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    1. Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, via Risorgimento 35, I–56126 Pisa (Italy)
    • Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry University of Pisa via Risorgimento 35, I–56126 Pisa (Italy)
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    • Emo Chiellini is professor of chemistry at the University of Pisa, Italy. His fields of interest include the organic chemistry of synthetic and semisynthetic polymeric materials, the stereospecific polymerization of vinyl monomers, the study of optically active polymers, liquid crystalline polymers, and erodable and biodegradable polymeric materials. He has over 260 scientific publications and 10 patents to his name.

  • Prof. Roberto Solaro

    1. Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, via Risorgimento 35, I–56126 Pisa (Italy)
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Abstract

What can stop the mountain of discarded plastic packaging from growing? One solution to be considered is the development and use of biodegradable polymers. The advantages and drawbacks of various biodegradable plastics, water-soluble polymers, and natural and semisynthetic polymers are outlined in tis review. The Figure shows a fork made of ECO-PLA, which is based on poly(lactic acid), after 33 days of degradation.

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