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Synthesis of biodegradable polymers from renewable resources

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The vast majority of commodity materials are obtained from fossil fuels. However, many studies predict that all fossil resources will be depleted within a few centuries. Biomass represents an abundant carbon-neutral renewable resource for the production of materials. Using biomass for the production of new polymers can have both economic and environmental benefits. This review focuses on the use of biomass for the synthesis of biodegradable polymers.

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Submitted
30 Sep 2011
Accepted
20 Nov 2011
First published
19 Dec 2011

Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 836-851
Article type
Review Article

Synthesis of biodegradable polymers from renewable resources

M. J.-L. Tschan, E. Brulé, P. Haquette and C. M. Thomas, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 836
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY00452F

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