Biodegradation paths of Mater-Bi®/kenaf biodegradable composites

Roberto Scaffaro, Francesco Paolo La Mantia, Marco Morreale, Giada Lo Re, Giada Lo Re

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Composites obtained from biodegradable polymers and natural-organic fillers are attracting increasing interest, thanks to the environmental advantages they promise. On the other hand, the real biodegradation performance of a biodegradable polymer/natural organic filler composite should be assessed by performing specific biodegradation tests. These are often carried out under laboratory conditions, but more realistic conditions should be taken into account. In this work, a systematic study on the biodegradation of kenaf fiber-filled Mater-Bi (R) composites in different environments is presented, and some interesting parameters for the understanding of the optimum way to obtain a fast degradation of the composites can be extrapolated. In particular, it was found that the presence of the fibers, the environmental conditions, and the manufacturing procedures of the composites can significantly affect the biodegradation behavior. The results can be used to determine the most suitable disposal environments for biodegradation of Mater-Bi (R)-based wastes.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)3198-3208
Numero di pagine11
RivistaJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

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