Handbook of Engineering Biopolymers: Homopolymers, Blends and Composites

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Hanser, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 896 pages
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This volume presents the results of numerous worldwide studies focusing on the implementation of natural polymers as engineering plastics and the use of their inherent properties. It discusses the processing and, more extensively, the applicati on of natural materials (cellulose and protein-based) as reinforcements for polymer composites. The structural, morphological, and thermal characteristics, as well as the mechanical behavior of the obtained materials are covered comprehensively. In addition, the book includes case studies and results of commercial relevance. All natural polymers used in the blending or reinforcement of synthetic polymers are discussed in an attempt to cover the isolation, pretreatment, blending, and manufacturing of the respective materials.

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Stoyko Fakirov got his MS on Chenistry from Sofia University (1959), the PhD degree (1965) from LomonossovsState University in Moscow, and in 1982 his DSc degree. In 1972 he became Assoc. Professor and in 1987 full Professor of polymer Chemistry. Awards and reconitions: Humboldt Fellow (1972) and Humboldt Research Award (2000), Fellow of the Ministry of Eductaion of Egypt, India, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, of JSPS (Japan), of USIA (USA), of NATO-Spain, Editorial Board member of 3 international polymer journals. He has published some 300 papers, has 11 US patents, contributed to 150 meetings and delivered more than 100 invited seminar talks world wide. He is also author or co-author, and editor or co-editor of 11 books on polymers.

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