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Selected Research Literature

Introductory material relating to “biodegradable” plastics:

“Factsheet No. 3 : Biodegradability. Exposing some of the myths and facts”

"A Review of Standards for Biodegradable Plastics"

Annemette Kjeldsen et al; Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre


"Biodegradability of Plastics"

Tokiwa, Calabia et al; (2009); International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2009 Sep; 10(9): 3722–3742.

Polycaprolactone research:

“Influence of weather conditions and soil properties on degradation of biodegradable plastics in soil”

Akira Hoshino et al; (2001); Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 47:1, 35-43. (Note: the data for PCL in table 1 is muddled.)


“Biodegradation of aliphatic polyesters soaked in deep seawaters and isolation of poly(ε-caprolactone)-degrading bacteria”

Takayoshi Sekiguchi et al; (2011); Polymer Degradation and Stability 96 1397-1403;


"Environmental degradability of polycaprolactone under natural conditions"; 

Katarzyna Krasowska et al; (2016); E3S Web of Conferences 10, 00048;


"Microbial degradation of four biodegradable polymers in soil and compost demonstrating polycaprolactone as an ideal compostable plastic". 
Asma S. Al Hosni et al; (2019);


“Hydrolytic Degradation and Mechanical Stability of Poly(ε-Caprolactone)/Reduced Graphene Oxide Membranes as Scaffolds 

for In Vitro Neural Tissue Regeneration”

Sandra Sánchez-González et al; (2018); Membranes 2018, 8, 12;


"Photodegradation Mechanisms on Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)"

Danyelle Campos França et al; (2018); Mat. Res. vol.21 no.5 São Carlos 2018 Epub July 16, 2018;

"Bulk mechanical properties of thermoplastic poly-ε-caprolactone."

Kim Ragaert et al; (2014);

Other aliphatic polyester research:

“Biodegradable and Biocompatible Polyhydroxy-alkanoates (PHA): 

Auspicious Microbial Macromolecules for Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Applications”. 

Martin Koller; (2018); Molecules, 23, 362;


"Poly(4-Hydroxybutyrate): Current State and Perspectives"

Camila Utsunomia et al; (2020); Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology;

“Mineralization of Poly(lactic acid) (PLA), Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-valerate) (PHBV) and PLA/PHBV Blend in Compost and Soil Environments”

Sudhakar Muniyasamy et al; (2016); Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol. 4, No. 2, April 2016;

DOI: 10.7569/JRM.2016.634104