What is it about?
The present paper reviews how the natural or synthetic clay nanoparticles, which are potential nanoscale fillers recently used for reinforcing polymers, can affect or enhance the biodegradability of polyolefins. They have also been discussed from the perspective of nanocomposite materials with controlled degradability and their associated applications.
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Why is it important?
Synthetic polyolefins have been used in an enormous array of applications in the modern society, due to a combination of reliable raw materials, low cost processing, tailorable mechanical properties, low density and inertness or stability towards environmental factors.
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This page is a summary of: Can clay nanoparticles accelerate environmental biodegradation of polyolefins?, Materials Science and Technology, January 2014, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1179/1743284713y.0000000498.
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