Mathematical analysis of microbial depolymerization processes of xenobiotic polymers

Masaji Watanabe, Fusako Kawai

Abstract


Biodegradation of polyethylene glycol is studied mathematically. A mathematical model for depolymerization process of exogenous type is described, and numerical techniques based on the model are illustrated. A comparison between a numerical result and an experimental result shows that the mathematical method is appropriate for practical applications.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v50i0.1465



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