Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 33–37 | Cite as

Microbial susceptibility of condensation products of carboxy-terminated polybutadiene and glycerol

  • G. Sudesh Kumar
  • V. Kalpagam
  • U. S. Nandi
  • V. N. Vasantarajan


Keeping in view the prospects of biodegradable polymers, a polymer was synthesized by the condensation of carboxy-terminated polybutadiene (CTPB) of Mn∼-5000 with glycerol and tested for its microbial susceptibility. The results of end group estimations and viscosity measurements indicated a quantitative reaction between the two reactants under experimental conditions. The clear-zone method was employed in this investigation to test biodegradability. Two strains of Serratia and three strains of Staphylococcus did show a clear zone surrounding the colony. However, the microbial growth was found to diminish after 4 or 5 days.


Natural Rubber Thionyl Chloride Polybutadiene Diacid Chloride Microbial Susceptibility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Sudesh Kumar
    • 1
  • V. Kalpagam
    • 1
  • U. S. Nandi
    • 1
  • V. N. Vasantarajan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Inorganic and Physical ChemistryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Microbiology and Cell Biology LaboratoryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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