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What is a biodegradable polymer ? Give an example of a biodegradable aliphatic polyester.


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Polymers which disintegrate by themselves over a period of time due to environmental degradation by bacteria etc. are called biodegradable polymers. An example of biodegradable aliphatic polyester is PHBV i.e., poly β hydroxybutyrate-co-β hydroxyvalerate.

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