Laboratory of Biodegradation
Laboratory Leader: Agnieszka Gutowska, Ph.D., Eng.
The laboratory assesses the susceptibility of polymeric and textile materials to biological degradation caused by microorganisms occurring in natural environment. The testing of biodegradation is carried out in oxygen condition using innovative methods like respirometric testing with a continuous reading of the delivered CO2 . The modern equipment MICRO-OXYMAX RESPIROMETER is used In the testing. The testing is done in accordance with international standards :
The methodology of the biodegradability testing has been prepared on the ground of following standards:
· testing in aqueous medium :
· testing in compost medium:
· testing in soil medium :
In the assessment of biodegradation following analytical methods are applied: gel chromatography GPC, IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy.
The introduction of the quality management system PN-EN-ISO/IEC – 17 025: 2005 is expected In short time adding a new value to the laboratory. The system is bestowed upon by the Polish Accreditation Centre (PCA) - AB 388. Implementation of the ISO quality management shall contribute to the forming of an unique laboratory well prepared for conducting research in and assessment of a wide range of not only polymeric materials but also textiles and packaging and other. The laboratory shall thus attain European standards and count amongst the leading places in the EU in the specific domain