Compostable Polymer Materials, Second Edition, deals with an environmentally important family of polymers designed to be disposed of in industrial and municipal compost facilities after their useful life. These compostable plastics undergo degradation and leave no visible, distinguishable, or toxic residue. Environmental concerns and legislative measures taken in different regions of the world make composting an increasingly attractive route for the disposal of redundant polymers.
This book covers the entire spectrum of preparation, properties, degradation, and environmental issues related to compostable polymers. It emphasizes recent studies concerning compostability and ecotoxicological assessment of polymer materials, important issues from an ecological perspective, and describes the thermal behavior of compostable polymers. Compostable Polymer Materials also presents price evolution over the past decade, an estimation of the market, and future perspectives, making it an essential resource for graduate students and scientists working in chemistry, materials science, ecology, and environmental science.
- Provides a comprehensive study of the composting process
- Details methods of compost preparation including properties, processing, and applications
- Presents the state-of-the-art on ecotoxicity testing and polymers studies
- Discusses waste management evolution in Europe, the United States, and China, as well as future perspectives
Scientists working in the area of chemistry and materials science, as well as in the fields of ecology and environmental science. Also suitable for third year undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs
2. Compostable Polymer Materials – Definitions, Structure, and Methods of Preparation
3. Properties and Applications
4. Thermal and Thermooxidative Degradation
5. Composting Methods and Legislation
6. Biodegradability Testing of Compostable Polymer Materials Under Laboratory Conditions
7. Biodegradation of Compostable Polymer Materials Under Real Conditions
8. Biodegradation of Compostable Polymer Materials in Various Environments
9. Ecotoxicological Assessement
10. Environmental Impact of Compostable Polymer Materials
11. Waste Treatment of Bio-based Compostable Polymers
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- © Elsevier 2019
- 1st February 2019
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Professor Ewa Rudnik works at the Faculty of Fire Engineering, The Main School of Fire Service, Warsaw, Poland. Professor Rudnik is actively engaged in the dissemination of new knowledge concerning the biodegradation behavior and mechanisms of specific polymers in soil and under composting conditions. In 2002, she carried out the study as a research guest at GSF- National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg/Munich (Germany). Additionally, Professor Rudnik was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Agricultural University of Athens in the research group of Professor Demetres Briassoulis. Professor Rudnik’s publications address important issues related to environmental safety, including 1 monography, 3 book chapters, publications, seminars, and lectures aimed at scientists and students, as well as people interested in the fields of ecology and environmental science.
The Main School of Fire Service, Warsaw, Poland