Category Archives: Biodegradability and disposal of polymers

Biodegradability and disposal of polymers

Polyalkenes are chemically inert and therefore non-biodegradable. Polyesters and polyamides can be broken down by hydrolysis and are, therefore, biodegradable [mechanisms not required]. The advantages and disadvantages of different methods of disposal of polymers, including recycling. Students should be able to: • explain why polyalkenes are chemically inert • explain why polyesters and polyamides can be hydrolysed. Research opportunity Students could research problems associated with the

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