Kikku Fukushima Winkler - Biodegradation trend of Poly(ε-caprolactone) and nanocomposites

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      Publication Details (including relevant citation   information):

    K. Fukushima, C. Abbate, D. Tabuani, M. Gennari, P. Rizzarelli, G. Camino, Materials Science and Engineering C,30, 566-574, (2010).

      Abstract:

      PCL nanocomposites based on two organically modified   montmorillonites at 5% clay loading were biodegraded in a mature   compost. All samples showed an effective degradation in compost   but nanoclays were found to partially delay the process.   Biodegradation carried out by microorganisms isolated from the   compost showed that the bacterium Bacillus licheniformis was able   to degrade the studied systems without considerable differences   in the polymer degradation trend due to the presence of   nanoclays.

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