Biobased Polymers

Biobased Polymers

Properties and Applications in Packaging

1st Edition - June 14, 2019

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  • Author: Pratima Bajpai
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184059
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184042

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Biobased Polymers: Properties and Applications in Packaging looks at how biopolymers may be used in packaging as a potential green solution. The book addresses bio-based feedstocks, production processes, packaging types, recent trends in packaging, the environmental impact of bio-based polymers, and legislative demands for food contact packaging materials. Chapters explore opportunities for biopolymers in key end-use sectors, the penetration of biopolymer based concepts in the packaging market, and barriers to widespread commercialization. As the development of bio-based material is an important factor for sustainably growing the packaging industry, these recent trends in consumer markets are extremely important as we move towards greener packaging. Hence, this resource is an invaluable addition on the topic.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to the subject for researchers interested in bio-based products, green and sustainable chemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science
  • Covers the market for bio-based materials
  • Includes discussions on legislative demands for food contact packaging materials
  • Describes interesting new technologies, including nanotechnology approaches


Useful for advanced students/Researchers interested in the development of bio-based products and materials, green and sustainable chemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science as well as BioChemical Engineers, Applied Chemists, Materials Scientists, Academics, Analysts, Consultants

Table of Contents

  • 1.0 Background and Introduction


    2.0 Description of bio-based polymers

    2.1 Challenges

    2.2 Bio-based polymers in packaging


    3.0 Properties of bio-based packaging material

    3.1 Bio-based natural polymers

    3.1.1 Starch

    3.1.2 Cellulose

    3.1.3 Chitin and chitosan

    3.1.4 Pullulan

    3.1.5 Alginates

    3.3.6. Carrageenan

    3.1.7 Xanthan

    3.1.8 Dextrans

    3.1.9 Pectin

    3.1.10 Glucans

    3.1.11 Gellan

    3.1.12 Collagen

    3.1.13 Gelatin

    3.1.14 Soy protein

    3.1.15 Whey protein

    3.1.16 Zein

    3.1.17 Casein

    3.1.18 Gluten

    3.2 Polymers produced from classical chemical synthesis from biobased monomers

    3.2.1 Polylactic acid

    3.2.2 Polybutylene succinate

    3.2.3 Bio-polyethylene

    3.2.4 Polyhydroxyalkanoates


    4.0 Packaging types

    4.1 Rigid Packaging

    4.2 Flexible and Films Packaging


    5.0 Biobased polymers in packaging

    5.1 Food Packaging

    5.2 Beverage Packaging

    5.3 Non-Food Packaging

    5.4 Food Service Packaging


    6.0 Recent Trends in Packaging of Food Products

    6.1 Active packaging

    6.1.1 Oxygen scavengers

    6.1.2 Carbon dioxide absorbers and emitters

    6.1.3 Antimicrobial packaging

    6.1.4 Moisture absorbers

    6.1.5 Ethylene scavengers

    6.1.6 Ethanol emitters

    6.1.7 Flavour/odor absorbers

    6.1.8 Anti-oxidant release

    6.1.9 Temperature-controlled packaging

    6.1.10 Other active packaging systems

    6.2 Intelligent Packaging Systems

    6.2.1 Indicators Temperature indicators Freshness indicators Gas indicators

    6.2.2 Data carriers Barcodes Radiofrequency identification

    6.2.3 Sensors Biosensor Gas sensor

    6.2.4. Other systems


    7.0 Environmental impact of bio-based polymers


    8.0 Legislation for food contact materials


    9.0 Market for bio-based packaging material


    10.0 Emerging sources of biopolymers


    11.0 Emerging technology - Nanotechnology


    12.0 Future Prospects


Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: June 14, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184059
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184042

About the Author

Pratima Bajpai

Dr. Pratima Bajpai is currently working as a Consultant in the field of Paper and Pulp. She has over 36 years of experience in research at the National Sugar Institute, University of Saskatchewan, the Universitiy of Western Ontario, in Canada, in addition to the Thapar Research and Industrial Development Centre, in India. She also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada and as a visiting researcher at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. She has been named among the World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University in the list published in October 2022. This is the third consecutive year that she has made it into the prestigious list. Dr. Bajpai’s main areas of expertise are industrial biotechnology, pulp and paper, and environmental biotechnology. She has contributed immensely to the field of industrial biotechnology and is a recognized expert in the field. Dr. Bajpai has written several advanced level technical books on environmental and biotechnological aspects of pulp and paper which have been published by leading publishers in the USA and Europe. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books and encyclopedia, obtained 11 patents, written several technical reports, and has implemented several processes in Indian Paper mills. Dr. Bajpai is an active member of the American Society of Microbiologists and is a reviewer of many international research journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant-Pulp and Paper, Kanpur, India

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