Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications
CRC Press, May 17, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 532 pages
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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Classification of biodegradable polymers
New developments in the synthesis of aliphatic
Thermoplastic starch biodegradable polymers
Biodegradable polymers from sugars
Biodegradable polymer composites from natural fibres
Standards for environmentally biodegradable plastics
Material properties of biodegradable polymers
Mechanism of biodegradation
Enzymatic degradation of polymers
Oxobiodegradable polyolefins in packaging
Biodegradable plastics in agriculture
Generation of biodegradable polycaprolactone
Biodegradable polymers in agricultural applications
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