New Book Chapter on Polymer Biodegradation


Biodegradable polymers can provide solutions to overcome problems caused by the linear use of plastics in many applications. However, several aspects in the context of polymer biodegradation are often misunderstood and miscommunicated – both within and outside the scientific community. This recent book chapter delves into crucial aspects of polymer biodegradation in engineered and natural systems and covers important definitions, governing environmental factors, related analytical chemistry and testing approaches, as well as a summary of current certifications. Tailored to academics (including students!), industry, and regulators, this chapter guides stakeholders in the development, testing, and regulation of biodegradable polymers.