Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics

1st Edition

Properties, Processing and Applications

Editors: Sina Ebnesajjad
Hardcover ISBN: 9781455728343
eBook ISBN: 9781455730032
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 19th September 2012
Page Count: 472
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Table of Contents

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1. Overview of Plant Polymers: Resources, Demands, and Sustainability

1.1 Plant Proteins

1.2 Plant Oils

1.3 Plant Starches

1.4 Agricultural Fibers and Cellulose

1.5 Market Potential for Plant Polymers

1.6 Sustainable Agriculture Industry of the Future

1.7 Conclusion



2. Overview of Poly(lactic Acid)

2.1 Background to Biodegradable Polymers

2.2 Market Potential of Biodegradable Polymers and PLA

2.3 General Properties and Applications of PLA

2.4 Environmental Profile of PLA

2.5 Eco-profile of PLA in Mass Production

2.6 Environmental Impact of PLA at the Postconsumer Stage

2.7 Conclusion


3. Applications of Poly(lactic Acid)

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Poly(lactic Acid) for Domestic Applications

3.3 Poly(lactic Acid) for Engineering and Agricultural Applications

3.4 Poly(lactic Acid) for Biomedical Applications

3.5 Conclusion


4. The State of the Art of Polymers from Renewable Resources

4.1 The Context

4.2 Vegetable Resources

4.3 Animal Resources

4.4 Bacterial Polymers

4.5 Conclusions


5. Polymeric Biomaterials

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Polymeric Biomaterials in Ophthalmology

5.3 Polymeric Biomaterials in Orthopedics

5.4 Polymeric Biomaterials in Cardiovascular Diseases

5.5 Polymeric Biomaterials for Wound Closure

5.6 Polymeric Biomaterials in Extracorporeal Artificial Organs

5.7 Polymeric Biomaterials for Nerve Regeneration

5.8 Conclusions and Future Outlook


6. Biodegradable Polymers and Polymer Blends

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Naturally Occurring Biodegradable Polymers

6.3 Biodegradable Polymers Derived from Renewable R


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.

Key Features

  • Essential information and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working with bioplastics, or evaluating a migration to bioplastics.
  • Includes key published material on biopolymers, updated specifically for this Handbook, and new material including coverage of PLA and Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.
  • Coverage of materials and applications together in one handbook enables engineers and scientists to make informed design decisions.


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


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About the Editors

Sina Ebnesajjad Editor

Sina Ebnesajjad is the series editor of Plastics Design Library (PDL) published in the William Andrew imprint of Elsevier. This Series is a unique series, comprising technology and applications handbooks, data books and practical guides tailored to the needs of practitioners. Sina was the editor-in-chief of William Andrew Publishing from 2005 to 2007, which was acquired by Elsevier in 2009. He retired as a Senior Technology Associate in 2005 from the DuPont fluoropolymers after nearly 24 years of service. Sina founded of FluoroConsultants Group, LLC in 2006 where he continues to work. Sina earned his Bachelor of Science from the School of Engineering of the University of Tehran in 1976, Master of Science and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all in Chemical Engineering. He is author, editor and co-author of fifteen technical and data books including five handbooks on fluoropolymers technology and applications. He is author and co-author of three books in surface preparation and adhesion of materials, two of which are in their second editions. Sina has been involved with technical writing and publishing since 1974. His experiences include fluoropolymer technologies (polytetrafluoroethylene and its copolymers) including polymerization, finishing, fabrication, product development, failure analysis, market development and technical service. Sina holds six patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fluoroconsultants Group, Chadds Ford, PA, USA