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Journal of environmental polymer degradation

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 175-181

Poly(aspartic acid): Synthesis, biodegradation, and current applications

  • S. RowetonAffiliated withPolymer Science Program, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut
  • , S. J. HuangAffiliated withPolymer Science Program, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut
  • , G. SwiftAffiliated withRohm and Haas Company

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Abstract

Poly(aspartic acid) is a biodegradable, water-soluble polymer that is valuable in numerous industrial applications. A variety of synthetic methods can be utilized to prepare poly(aspartic acid) and related polymeric materials with a range of tailored physical and chemical characteristics. This review of current investigative and patent literature describes methods of synthesis, biodegradative studies, and important current and potential applications of both poly(aspartic acid) homopolymers and copolymers.

Key words

Poly(aspartic acid) biodegradation water-soluble polymers N-carboxyanhydrides polysuccinimides