Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Food & Agriculture
The use of biodegradable polymers has become a popular area of research due to the Promise of
cleaner, safer, and renewable technologies. However, concerns arise when trying to properly
understand the mechanism of degradation of your products in the environment (e.g. soil,
seawater, oil flow back water, effect of storm events, temperature, humidity, winds,
bacterial flora, microbiology, ecosystem).
The development of an analytical method is required when probing the chemical identity of
degradation products present or persisting in the environment. Important factors such as
polymer identity (polymer fractions, low molecular weight polymer chains, oligomers,
monomers, aggregates), concentration, kinetics of degradation, mass loss monitoring, charge,
structural changes etc. are considered when developing and validating an analytical method
to ensure the highest accuracy and reproducibility of the results.