Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications

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Ray Smith
CRC Press, May 17, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 532 pages
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The vast majority of plastic products are made from petroleum-based synthetic polymers that do not degrade in a landfill or in a compost-like environment. Therefore, the disposal of these products poses a serious environmental problem. An environmentally-conscious alternative is to design/synthesize polymers that are biodegradable.

Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications introduces the subject in part one by outlining the classification and development of biodegradable polymers with individual chapters on polyhydroxyalkanoates, polyesteramides and thermoplastic starch biodegradable polymers and others. The second part explores the materials available for the production of biodegradable polymers. Polymers derived from sugars, natural fibres, renewable forest resources, poly(lactic acid) and protein-nanoparticle composites will be looked at in detail in this section. Part three looks at the properties and mechanisms of degradation, prefacing the subject with a chapter on current standards. The final part explores opportunities for industrial applications, with chapters on packing, agriculture and biodegradable polycaprolactone foams in supercritical carbon dioxide.

Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications explores the fundamental concepts concerning the development of biodegradable polymers, degradable polymers from sustainable sources, degradation and properties and industrial applications. It is an authoritative book that will be invaluable for academics, researchers and policy makers in the industry.
 

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Contents

Classification of biodegradable polymers
3
Polyhydroxyalkanoates
32
Oxobiodegradable polyolefins
57
New developments in the synthesis of aliphatic
77
Biodegradable polyesteramides
107
Thermoplastic starch biodegradable polymers
140
Biodegradable polymers from sugars
165
Biodegradable polymer composites from natural fibres
189
Standards for environmentally biodegradable plastics
313
Material properties of biodegradable polymers
336
Mechanism of biodegradation
357
Enzymatic degradation of polymers
411
Oxobiodegradable polyolefins in packaging
437
Biodegradable plastics in agriculture
451
Generation of biodegradable polycaprolactone
474
Biodegradable polymers in agricultural applications
494

Biodegradable polymers from renewable forest
219
Polyflactic acidbased bioplastics
251
Biodegradable proteinnanoparticle composites
289

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