Environmental degradation pathways for the breakdown of polydimethylsiloxanes.

  title={Environmental degradation pathways for the breakdown of polydimethylsiloxanes.},
  author={Christian Stevens},
  journal={Journal of inorganic biochemistry},
  volume={69 3},
The following paper describes how polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymers, which are present in a wide range of consumer products may undergo environmental degradation in the environment. The mechanism involves a biological degradation by bacteria and/or fungi, which takes place after an initial abiotic reaction initiates depolymerisation. The available information indicates that ultimately PDMS is converted to its inorganic constituents, namely carbon dioxide and silicic acid.