Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics book cover

Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics

Properties, Processing and Applications

Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics are a hot issue across the Plastics industry, and for many of the industry sectors that use plastic, from packaging to medical devices and from the construction indusry to the automotive sector.

This book brings together a number of key biopolymer and biodegradable plastics topics in one place for a broad audience of engineers and scientists, especially those designing with biopolymers and biodegradable plastics, or evaluating the options for switching from traditional plastics to biopolymers.

Topics covered include preparation, fabrication, applications and recycling (including biodegradability and compostability). Applications in key areas such as films, coatings controlled release and tissue engineering are discussed.

Dr Ebnesajjad provides readers with an in-depth reference for the plastics industry - material suppliers and processors, bio-polymer producers, bio-polymer processors and fabricators - and for industry sectors utilizing biopolymers - automotive, packaging, construction, wind turbine manufacturers, film manufacturers, adhesive and coating industries, medical device manufacturers, biomedical engineers, and the recycling industry.

Plastics engineers, product designers, packaging engineers and materials scientists, medical device and packaging designers and users; polymer and coatings chemists; producers and users of biopolymers; Sectors: food, beverage and pharmaceutical packaging, medical devices, chemical processing, construction, automotive

Hardbound, 472 Pages

Published: September 2012

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-1-4557-2834-3


  • Chapter 1: Overview of Plant Polymers - Resources, Demands, and Sustainability
    by: Xiuzhi S. Sun


    Chapter 2: The State of the Art of Renewable Resources
    by: A. Gandini and M. N. Belgacem

    Chapter 3: Polymeric Biomaterials
    by: W. He and R. Benson

    Chapter 4: Biodegradable and Biobased Polymers
    by: L. Jiang, X. Liu and J. Zhang

    Chapter 5: Starch: Major Sources, Properties and Applications as Thermoplastic Materials
    by: A. J.F. Carvalho

    Chapter 6: Cellulose-Based Composites and Nanocomposites
    by: A. Dufresne

    Chapter 7: Polylactic Acid: Synthesis, Properties and Applications
    by: L. Avérous

    Chapter 8: Properties of Poly(lactic acid)
    by: A. R. Rahmat et al

    Chapter 9: Compostable polymer materials definitions, structures and methods of preparation
    by: E. Rudnik

    Chapter 10: Biodegradability testing of compostable polymer materials
    by: E. Rudnik


    Chapter 11: Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives, Elastomers, and Coatings from plant Oil
    by: R. P. Wool

    Chapter 12: Biopolymer Films and Composite Coatings
    by: A. Nussinovitch

    Chapter 13: Biopolymers in Controlled-Release Delivery Systems
    by: K. Pal

    Chapter 14: Hydrocolloids and Medicinal Chemistry Applications
    by: L. M. Grover and A. M. Smith

    Chapter 15: Natural Polymers in tissue engineering applications
    by: Gomez et al.

    Chapter 16: Fabrication of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds
    by: A. Kramschuster & L.S. Turng


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