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Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications
Ray Smith, Queen Mary College, London, UK
Publisher: CRC Press
Engineering - Material Science & Metallurgy

  • Reviews the importance and industrial use of biodegradable polymers and degradable polymers from sustainable sources
  • Forms an invaluable resource for both academia and industry
  • Presents contributions from worldwide team of experts edited by a leading authority
      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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Book Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications

$319.00  
Format Hardcover
Medium Paper
ISBN 0849334667
Copyright Year 2005
Length 531 Pages
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