Japanese Technology Evaluation Center
JTEC Monograph on
Biodegradable Polymers and Plastics in
Japan: Research, Development, and
Robert W. Lenz
International Technology Research Institute
Loyola College in Maryland
4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2699
JTEC MONOGRAPH ON BIODEGRADABLE POLYMERS AND PLASTICS
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation of the United States Government and the following U.S. companies:
Eastman Chemical Co.
International Specialty Products
Johnson & Johnson
Kimberly Clark Corp.
Rohm & Haas Co.
United States Surgical Corp.
Prof. Robert W. Lenz
Polymer Science & Engineering Dept.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-4530
INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Japanese Technology Evaluation Center (JTEC) and its companion World Technology
Evaluation Center (WTEC) at Loyola College provide assessments of foreign research and
development in selected technologies under a cooperative agreement with the National Science
Foundation (NSF). Loyola's International Technology Research Institute (ITRI), R.D. Shelton,
Director, is the umbrella organization for JTEC and WTEC. Paul Herer, Senior Advisor for
Planning and Technology Evaluation at NSF's Engineering Directorate, is NSF Program Director
for JTEC and WTEC. Other U.S. government agencies that provide support for the program
include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Energy, the
Department of Commerce, and the Department of Defense.
JTEC/WTEC's mission is to inform U.S. policy makers, strategic planners, and managers about the
state of selected technologies in foreign countries in comparison to the United States. JTEC/WTEC