Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics

Properties, Processing and Applications

Edited by

  • Sina Ebnesajjad, Fluoroconsultants Group, Chadds Ford, PA, USA

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.

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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


Book information

  • Published: September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-2834-3

Table of Contents

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