Synthesis, Properties, and Emerging Applications

1st Edition - October 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Valentina Sessini, Srabanti Ghosh, Marta Mosquera
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909396

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Biopolymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Emerging Applications presents the state-of-the-art in biopolymers, bringing together detailed information on synthesis strategies, processing and cutting-edge applications. The book begins by introducing the synthesis, processing and structural and functional properties of smart biopolymers and bionanocomposites. Subsequent chapters focus on the synthesis and preparation of biopolymers with valuable properties or for specific advanced applications, including piezoelectric properties, shape memory properties, biodegradable polymer blends, synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials, synthesis of green biopolymers, and catalytic synthesis of bio-sourced polyesters and polycarbonate, as well as applications in active food packaging, water purification, biomedicine, 3D printing, and automotive. Throughout the book, there are analyses of different synthesis strategies and processing methods and their role and use in different fields of application, whilst the important challenges relating to scalable processing and shaping and micro and nano structuration are also discussed. The book also strives to balance the synthetic aspects of biopolymers with physical principles, highlighting biopolymer-based architectures including composite or hybrid conjugates, providing in-depth discussion of important examples of reaction mechanisms, and exploring potential applications of biopolymer and conjugates, ranging from physical to chemical and biological systems.

Key Features

  • Provides the reader with a broad and detailed overview of the latest advances in biopolymers, covering synthesis, processing, properties and applications
  • Examines synthesis strategies and processing methods, focusing on green and sustainable catalytic synthesis approaches for biopolymer production
  • Reviews smart applications of biopolymers, including active food packaging, photocatalytic, electric, electronic, piezoelectric, antimicrobial, environmental, and more


Researchers, scientists, and advanced students working with bio-based materials, and across polymer chemistry, nanomaterials, plastics engineering, chemical engineering, and materials science and engineering. R&D, engineers, and producers interested in the development of biopolymers or bioplastics for advanced applications (biomedical, automotive, environmental, packaging, etc.)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to biopolymer synthesis, properties, and applications
    2. Synthesis and processing of smart biopolymers and bionanocomposites
    3. Starch biomedical dispositives and new co-biopolymers obtained by enzymatic synthesis
    4. Structural and functional properties of biopolymers
    5. Synthesis of bioplastics with piezoelectric properties
    6. Modification and processing of biopolymers and biocomposites and applications of biodegradable polymer blends
    7. Processing of biopolymers for active food packaging applications
    8. Processing of smart biopolymers and nanocomposites with shape memory properties
    9. Development of biodegradable polymers by electrospinning for water purification
    10. Biopolymers as template for synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials
    11. Biopolymers and bionanocomposites for biomedical applications
    12. Synthesis of green biopolymers from plant-based monomers for different applications
    13. Catalytic synthesis of bio-sourced polyesters from epoxides and anhydrides
    14. Catalytic synthesis of polycarbonate by using CO2
    15. Properties of completely biodegradable 3D-printed plastics
    16. Automotive applications of biodegradable polymers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: October 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909396

About the Editors

Valentina Sessini

Valentina Sessini is currently GET co-funded Marie-Curie Fellow at the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering and Innovative Materials from the University of Perugia, Italy, in May 2017, and completed a postdoctoral stay at the University of Mons for 15 months, contracted in the framework of the INTERREG BIOHARV project. Dr. Sessini has published 14 peer-reviewed JRC scientific publications (9 as first author) in international JCR journal of high impact factor and 6 book chapters, has participated in 5 research projects, and her work has been presented at more than 24 national and international congresses. She has a broad experience in the development of bio-based, biocompatible, biodegradable and smart polymeric materials and nanocomposites, melt processing of plastics (extrusion, injection, compression, etc.), and reactive extrusion. In recent years, her work has focused on the sustainable synthesis of biobased polymers with piezoelectric properties for energy harvesting applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Marie-Curie Fellow, Faculty of Farmacy, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Department, Sustainable Catalytic Processes with Organometallic Compounds Group, University of Alcalá, Scientific-Technological Campus, Madrid, Spain

Srabanti Ghosh

Srabanti Ghosh received her PhD from UGC-DAE CSR, Kolkata centre and Jadavpur University, India followed by a position as research associate at the Indian association for the Cultivation of Science, India. After a research stay at the Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, University of Paris-Sud, France, she was appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor at the S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India. She worked as CSIR-SRA Scientist’s Pool Scheme at CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India. Her research interests encompass synthesis and applications of semiconductor and conducting polymer-based hybrid nanomaterials for solar light harvesting, photocatalysis, fuel cell and electrocatalysis. She received MRSI Young Scientists Award in Young Scientists Colloquium organized by Material Research Society of India, and Young Investigator Award in Gordon Radiation Chemistry, USA. She is selected as top 10% of highly cited authors in Royal Society of Chemistry Materials portfolio of journals. She is co-author of 71 scientific publications and one patent, 15 book chapters and edited two books with Wiley. Her work has been presented in more than 72 national and international conferences. She routinely acts as a reviewer of SCI Journals from different editorials (RSC, ACS, ELSEVIER, Wiley, Springer, MDPI, etc.). Presently she is developing hybrid catalytic materials for solar water splitting and CO2 reduction and worked as GOT ENERGY TALENT-COFUND MarieCurie Fellow at Universidad De Alcala, Spain.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR-SRA Scientist’s Pool Scheme, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India

Marta Mosquera

Marta E. G. Mosquera is currently Associate Professor at the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry from Oviedo University, and previous completed postdoctoral research stays at Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Würzburg University (Germany). Dr. Mosquera has a broad experience in organometallic, coordination chemistry and catalysts. She has participated in 23 research projects (10 as PI) and her work has been reported in more than 112 papers in JCR journals and 90 conferences contributions (several as invited speaker). She has participated in the organization of worldwide conferences and has also been invited to give talks at various universities in Spain, Poland and the UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Mosquera’s research efforts are focused on homo and heterometallic main group (aluminum, potassium, etc.) compounds active in catalytic processes of polymerization of functionalized monomers and co-polymerization with CO2, aiming in particular to develop catalysts for the next generation of biopolymers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Faculty of Farmacy, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Department, Sustainable Catalytic Processes with Organometallic Compounds Group, University of Alcalá, Scientific-Technological Campus, Madrid, Spain

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