Bio-Based Polymers and Composites


  • Richard Wool, B.Sc. Chemistry (Honors Degree) Univ. College Cork Ireland 1970 M.S. Materials Science & Eng. University of Utah 1972 Ph.D. Materials Science & Eng. University of Utah 1974, ACRES Program Director, Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware
  • Xiuzhi Susan Sun, B.S. Agr Engineering, Northeast Agricultural University, China, 1982 M.S. Agr Engineering, Northeast AGricultural University, China, 1986 Ph.D. Agr. & Bio. Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1993 , Distinguished Professor, Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University

Bio-Based Polymers and Composites is the first book systematically describing the green engineering, chemistry and manufacture of biobased polymers and composites derived from plants. This book gives a thorough introduction to bio-based material resources, availability, sustainability, biobased polymer formation, extraction and refining technologies, and the need for integrated research and multi-disciplinary working teams. It provides an in-depth description of adhesives, resins, plastics, and composites derived from plant oils, proteins, starches, and natural fibers in terms of structures, properties, manufacturing, and product performance. This is an excellent book for scientists, engineers, graduate students and industrial researchers in the field of bio-based materials.
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Biotechnology industry; government agencies (EPA, DOE, USDA, DOD); applicable societies (ACS, APS, Adhesion, AOCS, MRS); upper graduate courses in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and ag-food; green chemistry groups


Book information

  • Published: July 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-763952-9


"The book addresses the cost-effective use of many common crop plants to make high performance engineered materials." - Newark Post "A "Green" book that will be a tremendous resource to polymer scientists and engineers, material scientists, and agricultural practitioners." J.E.Mark, Dept of Chemistry and the Polymer Research Center, University of Cincinnati, 2005

Table of Contents

PrefaceAbout the Authors1. Overview of Plant Polymers: Resources, Demands, and Sustainability2. Plant Materials Formation and Growth3. Isolation and Processing of Plant Materials4. Polymers and Composite Resins from Plant Oils5. Composites and Foams from Plant Oil-Based Resins6. Fundamentals of Fracture in Bio-Based Polymers7. Properties of Triglyceride-Based Thermosets8. Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives, Elastomers, and Coatings from Plant Oil9. Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Soy Proteins10. Soy Protein Adhesives11. Plastics Derived from Starch and Poly (Lactic Acids)12. Bio-Based Composites from Soybean Oil and Chicken Feathers13. Hurricane-Resistant Houses from Soybean Oil and Natural Fibers14. Carbon Nanotube Composites with Soybean Oil Resins15. Nanoclay Biocomposites16. Lignin Polymers and CompositesIndex