Screening of different microorganisms for their biodegradation capacity regarding polyester-based thermoplastic polyurethanes Conference Paper uri icon


  • and bio-based solutions in shoe manufacturing, including the use of biodegradable materials. As a first step towards the proposal of such solutions, in this work different microorganisms were screened for their intrinsic capacity to degrade a base TPU. The biodegradability was tested using the agar plate method against different bacteria, fungi and a consortium of both. The most promising results, corresponding to higher weight-loss percentages of the TPU sample, were obtained using the consortium of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus niger. These best conditions were thereafter applied to TPU samples compounded with biobased additives.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014