TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian researchers from Isfahan University of Technology succeeded in the production of degradable and non-toxic polymers.
The proposed product is a nanostructure and has applications in the production of drug carriers and tissue engineering due to its desirable biological properties. The polymer has been produced and investigated at laboratorial scale.
Polymeric wastes are among one of the biggest environmental problems in the world. The aim of the research was to produce polymers with the ability to be degraded in soil. The objective was achieved by adding aminoacid biological pieces in the structure of the polymer.
According to Prof. Shadpour Mallakpoor, the supervisor of the research, the problem caused by polymeric wastes will be settled by producing and using this product. Moreover, reduction in cost and increase in the rate of production process are among other advantages of the application of the new polymer. The industrial production of the polymers is not unattainable due to the reactivity of poly (amide-imide).
Results of the research showed that the synthetic materials are not toxic for the activity of fungi and bacteria, and they are degradable in soil. The growth of wheat seed in a vessel containing the polymer proves that the product is non-toxic and environmental friendly. On the other hand, studies confirm the nanostructure of the polymers.
The researchers will work on the production of polymeric nanocomposites by using the biodegradable polymers as the composite bed and by using bio-immune fillers in the composites.
Results of the research have been published in Polymer Bulletin, vol. 71, issue 8, 2014, pp. 2159-2172.
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