Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 726–731 | Cite as

Study of the Degradation of Poly(ethyl glyoxylate): Biodegradation, Toxicity and Ecotoxicity Assays

  • Benjamine Belloncle
  • Claude Bunel
  • Laurence Menu-Bouaouiche
  • Olivier Lesouhaitier
  • Fabrice BurelEmail author
Original Paper


Biodegradation of poly (ethyl glyoxylate) (PEtG), a functionalized polyacetal, was investigated over 6 month according to ASTM 5988-96 modified method and compared to micronized cellulose. More than 95 % of the polymer was converted into CO2 over that period attesting the biodegradability of PEtG. The degradation by-products toxicity and ecotoxicity were evaluated. Toxicity was checked using an innovant non-mammalian toxicological model using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Ecotoxicity was performed using a plant growth test with cress (Lepidium Sativum), and barley (Hordeum vulgare). In all cases, results concluded on the harmlessness of PEtG and relative by-products.


Polyacetal Biodegradation Toxicity Ecotoxicity 



This project was financially supported by operating grants from the French interregional research network Matériaux, Polymères, Plasturgie (RMPP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamine Belloncle
    • 1
  • Claude Bunel
    • 1
  • Laurence Menu-Bouaouiche
    • 2
  • Olivier Lesouhaitier
    • 3
    • 4
  • Fabrice Burel
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Polymères Biopolymères Surfaces, CNRS UMR 6270, FR 3038, équipe Matériaux MacromoléculairesINSA-RouenSaint-Etienne du Rouvray cedexFrance
  2. 2.Glycobiologie et Matrices cellulaires végétalesUniversité de RouenMont-Saint-AignanFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Microbiologie du Froid -Signaux et Micro-environnementUniversité de RouenEvreuxFrance
  4. 4.ADIPpharmEvreuxFrance

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