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Polymers from Biobased Materials - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780815512714, 9780815518709

Polymers from Biobased Materials

1st Edition

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Author: Helena L. Chum
Editor: Helena L. Chum
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815512714
eBook ISBN: 9780815518709
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 31st December 1991
Page Count: 179
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Polymers from biobased materials are polymers derived from renewable resources by chemical or combined chemical and mechanical methods, or produced directly in biological processes. Combinations of renewable and conventional fossil-fuel-derived plastics are also biobased materials. This assessment reviews materials from renewable resources and their properties including major biopolymers produced by plants and selected animal sources.


Plastics manufacturers and processors.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary Part I. Materials from Renewable Resources and their Properties

  1. Structural Materials for the Automobile of the Future: Composite Materials Introduction Automobile Industry Biobased Materials in the Automotive Industry References
  2. Recent Advances in Lignocellulosic-Derived Composites Chemical Modification of Lignocellulosic Materials Improvements in Properties of Lignocellulosic Materials Combination of Lignocellulosics with Other Materials Future Opportunities References
    1. Cellulose Grafting: Past, Present and Future Introduction Earlier Research - 1953-1984 Present Situation - 1985-1988 Future Research Needs International Aspects References
  3. Lignin: Properties and Materials Introduction Macromolecular Structure and Properties Materials Need for Future Research International Activities Conclusions Appendix - Papers Presented at the Symposium on Lignin: Properties and Materials
  4. Materials from Renewable Resources New Materials from Wood Priorities for Research on the Utilization of Biobased Materials Conclusions References
  5. Chitin: the Neglected Biomaterial Chitin/Chitosan Future Developments in Chitin/Chitosan Research References
  6. Starch-Based Plastics Introduction Northern Regional Research Center Technologies St. Lawrence Starch Technology The Michigan Biotechnology Institute/Purdue Technology References
  7. Biodegradation of Plastics Why Degrade Plastics? History Biodegradation of Standard Plastic Formulations Biodegradable Plastics Need for Future Research References Part II. Bioproduction of Materials
  8. Advances in Cellulose Biosynthesis Background Diversity and Uses of Cellulose New Sources of Cellulose Concluding Remarks: The Future References
  9. Biogenesis and Biodegradation of Plant Cell Wall Polymers Introduction Cellulose Lignin Other Aromatic Polymers References
  10. Advances in Protein-Derived Materials Why Study Protein-Based Materials Current Status Need for Future Research References Appendix: Examples of Research Activities in Japan Recent Progress of Chemical Modification of Wood in Japan Back Matter


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About the Author

Helena L. Chum

Affiliations and Expertise

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA

About the Editor

Helena L. Chum

Affiliations and Expertise

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA

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