Degradable Polymers

Principles and Applications

  • Gerald Scott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Gerald Scott
    Pages 1-15
  3. Sigbritt Karlsson, Ann-Christine Albertsson
    Pages 51-69
  4. Suming Li, Michel Vert
    Pages 71-131
  5. Catia Bastioli
    Pages 133-161
  6. E. Chiellini, F. Chiellini, P. Cinelli
    Pages 163-233
  7. E. Pişkin
    Pages 321-377
  8. James Guillet
    Pages 413-448
  9. Gerald Scott, David M. Wiles
    Pages 449-479
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 481-493

About this book


The emphasis in degradable polymers has changed since the first edition of this book. Biomedical and agricultural applications remain important topics of scientific and commercial interest in the second edition. However, an increased emphasis on composting as a means of recovering value from wastes has led to a new impetus to understand how plastics degrade in the environment and the implication of this for international standards. Polymers based on renewable resources are also a major topic in this edition but the debate continues about their long-term sustainability and ecological advantages over degradable man-made polymers.

Degradable Polymers will be of interest not only to academic and industrial scientists working on packaging, agricultural and medical applications of plastics but also to students of environmental science and legislators concerned with the effects of man-made materials in the environment.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.Aston UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6091-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1217-0
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