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Biodegradation paths of Mater‐Bi®/kenaf biodegradable composites (pages 3198–3208)

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® 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®‐based wastes. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013

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» Author: Giada Lo Re1,2, Marco Morreale3,*, Roberto Scaffaro1, Francesco P. La Mantia1

» Reference: Journal of Applied Polymer ScienceVolume 129, Issue 6, pages 3198–3208, 15 September 2013

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