Author(s): Koutny M, Lemaire J, Delort AM
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Abstract Prooxidant additives represent a promising solution to the problem of the environment contamination with polyethylene film litter. Prooxidants accelerate photo- and thermo-oxidation and consequent polymer chain cleavage rendering the product apparently more susceptible to biodegradation. The question not fully resolved remains the biodegradation itself, its mechanism and especially the factors influencing the time-frame in which it can occur. The presented review is aimed to provide comprehensible information for both microbiologists and polymer scientists, who need participate in the research leading to an understanding of the microorganism action on the oxidized polyethylene and to design of new materials.
This article was published in Chemosphere
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation