Biopolymers: Products, Processing, and Applications book cover

Biopolymers: Products, Processing, and Applications

Biopolymers and biodegradable plastics are finding new applications in various sectors, from packaging, to medical, automotive and many more. As synthetic plastics are increasingly replaced by their bioplastic equivalents, engineers are facing new challenges including processing, costs, environmental sustainability and – ultimately – developing successful products.

This is the first book to give a detailed insight into all aspects of processing, seamlessly linking the science of biopolymers to the latest trends in the development of new products. Processes covered in the book include blending, compounding, treatment, and shaping, as well as the formation of biocomposites. Biopolymer coatings and adhesives are also investigated. This coverage of processing will help engineers and researchers to improve output and efficiency of every stage of the product development process.

The book also uses recent patent information to illustrate the latest applications and techniques in this area, as the rapid pace of development makes intellectual property a key concern for companies working on new and innovative products.

Detailed coverage of current market applications of biopolymers – characterized by biodegradability and sustainability – is also provided, including tables with commercial names and properties of each biopolymer family to assist in material selection. This is augmented by a detailed discussion on the economics of biopolymers.

Product development engineers in the field of plastics, particular in processing and production of biopolymers. Design engineers involved in creating new products and substituting biopolymers into existing products, particularly in packaging, automotive, medical sectors. Biopolymer researchers seeking to learn more about processes and applications.

Hardbound, 512 Pages

Published: October 2014

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-0-323-26698-7


    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Properties
    Chapter 3: Treatment and compounding techniques
    Chapter 4: Surface treatment
    Chapter 5: Foaming and foamed products
    Chapter 6: Manufacture of films/laminates
    Chapter 7: Textiles (manufacture of fibers, filaments, threads, bristles or ribbons)
    Chapter 8: Manufacture of composites
    Chapter 9: Coating compositions
    Chapter 10: Adhesive compositions
    Chapter 11: Service packaging
    Chapter 12: Food-services
    Chapter 13: Agriculture/forestry/horticulture/Fishery
    Chapter 14: Consumer electronics
    Chapter 15: Automotive industry
    Chapter 16: Textiles/fibers
     Chapter 17: Medical and pharmaceutical
    Chapter 18: Cosmetics
    Chapter 19: Sports
    Chapter 20: Building/construction industry
    Chapter 21: Other applications
    Chapter 22: Economics of biopolymers


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