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Fundamental Principles and Concepts of Biodegradability — Sorting Through the Facts, Hypes, and Claims of Biodegradable Plastics in the Marketplace

Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University


This paper discusses biodegradability as an end-of-life option, how to measure biodegradability, and the requirement of the plastic to breakdown completely by the microbial food chain.

About the Author
Ramani Narayan is a University Distinguished Professor for Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University.

Categories: Backgrounds & Definitions
Format: PDF
Last Updated: 3/23/2010

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