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Emeritus Professor Jim White
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The biodegradation of blends of poly(caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) has been studied. Blends of composition PCL/PVC 1:1 and 1:2 w/w were tested. The 1:1 blend contained crystals in the as-cast state and became more crystalline on exposure to different bio-active agents. The 1:2 blend was amorphous in the as-cast state but developed a significant crystal component after 4 months exposure to the bio-agents. Three bio-active agents were used and all were found to produce qualitatively similar behaviour but their activity was somewhat different. For both the 1:1 blend and the 1:2 blend the ranking of the three bio-active agents tested, in increasing order, was Curvularia sp.; Trogia buccinalis; Phanerochaete chrysosporium.
Author(s): Martins-Franchetti SM, Egerton TA, White JR
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Polymers and the Environment
Print publication date: 06/02/2010
ISSN (print): 1566-2543
ISSN (electronic): 1572-8900
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