Polyhydroxyalkanoates from Palm Oil: Biodegradable Plastics

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 11, 2012 - Science - 130 pages
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The environmental problems caused by petroleum-based plastic and plastic waste have led to an increasing demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics, such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). These polyesters are synthesized from carbon sources, e.g. sugar and plant oils, by various bacteria. This book highlights the potential of plant oils, especially palm oil, as a feedstock for PHA production. In addition, new PHA applications are discussed and the sustainability of PHA production from plant oils is critically examined.

 

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Contents

Biodegradable Plastics 1 Introduction
1
Biodegradable Plastics 2 BioBased and Biodegradable Polymers
3
Biodegradable Plastics 3 Plant Oils and Agricultural ByProducts as Carbon Feedstock for PHA Production
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Biodegradable Plastics 4 Is Palm Oil Produced in a Sustainable Manner?
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Biodegradable Plastics 5 Jatropha Oil as a Potential Carbon Source for PHA Production
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Biodegradable Plastics 6 Potential Applications of PHA
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Biodegradable Plastics 7 Summary and Future Outlook
101
Biodegradable Plastics References
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