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Foamability of Thermoplastic Polymeric Materials - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323907675

Foamability of Thermoplastic Polymeric Materials

1st Edition

Authors: Suprakas Ray Ritima Banerjee
Paperback ISBN: 9780323907675
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2021
Page Count: 300
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Foamability of Thermoplastic Polymeric Materials presents a cutting-edge approach to thermoplastic polymeric foams, drawing on the latest research and guiding the reader through the fundamental science, foamability, structure-property-processing relationship, multi-phase polymeric materials, degradation characteristics of biodegradable foams and advanced applications. Sections provide detailed information on foam manufacturing technologies and the fundamental science behind foaming, present insights on the factors affecting foamability, cover ways of enhancing the foamability of various polymeric materials, with special focus on multi-phase systems, discuss the degradation of biodegradable foams and special morphology development for scaffolds, packaging, acoustic and super-insulation applications, as well as cell seeding studies in scaffolds.

Each application has specific requirements in terms of desired properties. This in-depth coverage and analysis helps those looking to move forward with microcellular processing and polymer foaming. This is an ideal resource for researchers, advanced students and professionals interested in the microcellular processing of polymeric materials in the areas of polymer foaming, polymer processing, plastics engineering and materials science.

Key Features

  • Offers in-depth coverage of factors affecting foamability and methods for enhancing the foamability of polymeric materials
  • Explores innovative applications in a range of areas, including scaffolds, acoustic applications, packaging and super-insulation
  • Provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the state-of-the-art, possible future research directions, and opportunities for industrial application


Academic: Researchers and advanced students interested in microcellular processing of polymeric materials, and across the areas of polymer foaming, polymer processing, plastics engineering, and materials science. Industrial: Materials engineers, scientists, and R&D professionals looking to bring advanced polymeric foams into the market for a broad range of applications

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to polymer foams and foaming
2. Foam manufacturing technologies
3. The science behind foaming
4. Foamability of thermoplastics
5. Foamability of multiphase polymeric materials
6. Foamability for special applications
7. Degradation studies of biodegradable foams
8. Conclusions and future outlook


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About the Authors

Suprakas Ray

Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray is the Chief Research Scientist and Manager of the Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials, DSI-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa. He received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Calcutta, India in 2001 and was a recipient of the ‘‘Sir P. C Ray Research Award’’ for the best PhD work. Prof. Ray current research focuses on the applications of advanced nanostructured & polymeric materials. He is one of the most active and highly cited authors in the field of polymer nanocomposite materials, and he has recently been rated by Thomson Reuters as being one of the Top 1% most impactful and influential scientists and Top50 high impact chemists. Prof. Ray is the author of 7 books, co-author of 5 edited books, 32 book chapters on various aspects of polymer-based nanostructured materials & their applications, and author and co-author of 370 articles in high-impact international journals, 30 articles in national and international conference proceedings. He also has 6 patents and 7 new demonstrated technologies shared with colleagues, collaborators and industrial partners to his name. So far, his team commercialized 19 different products. His honors and awards include South Africa’s most Prestigious 2016 National Science and Technology Award (NSTF); Prestigious 2014 CSIR-wide Leadership award; Prestigious 2014 CSIR Human Capital development award; Prestigious 2013 Morand Lambla Awardee (top award in the field of polymer processing worldwide), International Polymer Processing Society, USA. He is also appointed as Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Editor of the RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK; and editorial board member of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Journal of Films and Sheeting, and ACS Omega.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Research Scientist and Manager of the Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials, DSI-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa

Ritima Banerjee

Dr. Ritima Banerjee did her Masters in Polymer Science & Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD). After working in the polymer industry (GE Plastics and SABIC) for 7 years, she returned to academia. She taught in Delhi Technological University for 2 years and subsequently did her PhD from the Department of Material Science & Engineering, IITD, the area of her work being microcellular processing of thermoplastic elastomer based blends and nanocomposites. She is presently a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering in Calcutta Institute of Technology, India. Her research interests include microcellular processing and the structure-property-processing relationship of polymeric materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty Member, Department of Chemical Engineering, Calcutta Institute of Technology, India

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