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Enzymatic degradation of polymers: a brief review

Banerjee, A and Chatterjee, K and Madras, G (2014) Enzymatic degradation of polymers: a brief review. In: MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 30 (5). pp. 567-573.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1743284713Y.0000000503


Recently, research on polymer has drawn much attention mainly due to the ever increasing application of these polymeric materials in several areas such as food packaging industry, agricultural industry and biomedical research. However, increasing industrial use of polymers has led to the environmentally critical issue of waste disposal. Further, the successful implication of polymeric materials in biomedical applications depends on the biodegradability of the concerned polymer. Various enzymes play an important role in the biodegradation of polymers. The present review describes the enzyme mediated biodegradation of various polymers including synthetic, natural and blends of these materials. Detailed examples of enzymatic degradation of polymers are illustrated from current scientific literature with the discussion on various factors that can influence the degradation. In addition, different techniques that are generally applied to assess the degradation process as well as degradation products have been described. Finally, a special emphasis is given to the investigation of the kinetics of polymer degradation by enzymes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to MANEY PUBLISHING, STE 1C, JOSEPHS WELL, HANOVER WALK, LEEDS LS3 1AB, W YORKS, ENGLAND
Keywords: Enzymatic degradation; Natural polymer; Synthetic polymer; Degradation kinetics; Degradation monitoring
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 05:38
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2014 05:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49382

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