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.

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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 3. Cellulose Grafting: Past, Present and Future Introduction Earlier Research - 1953-1984 Present Situation - 1985-1988 Future Research Needs International Aspects References 4. 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 5. Materials from Renewable Resources New Materials from Wood Priorities for Research on the Utilization of Biobased Materials Conclusions References 6. Chitin: the Neglected Biomaterial Chitin/Chitosan Future Developments in Chitin/Chitosan Research References 7. Starch-Based Plastics Introduction Northern Regional Research Center Technologies St. Lawrence Starch Technology The Michigan Biotechnology Institute/Purdue Technology References 8. Biodegra


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William Andrew
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