When can a plastic be considered biodegradable?

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Applicants with skills/experience in chemical or environmental engineering, bioprocessing or biotechnology are encouraged to apply

Academic Lead: Professor William Clarke

School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

The aim of this project is to evaluate the criteria and methods for assessing whether a plastic is biodegradable. In particular, the project will examine how the biodegradability of a product with unknown composition or with unknown biodegradation properties will be determined.

The study will evaluate the evidence needed to conclude a plastic is fully biodegradable. This project is developed in partnership with Kimberly-Clark to advance the technology to continue to reduce our environmental footprint and create more sustainable products