Vegetable Oil-Based Polymers

Vegetable Oil-Based Polymers

Properties, Processing and Applications

1st Edition - July 10, 2012

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  • Author: N Karak
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780857097101
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857097149

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The growing need to find a sustainable, environmentally-friendly replacement for petroleum-based materials is fuelling the development of bio-based polymers from renewable resources. Amongst the most promising of these are vegetable oil-based polymeric materials. Vegetable oil-based polymers provides a comprehensive review of the research in this important field.After an introduction to classification and polymerization, Vegetable oil-based polymers goes on to review the factors involved in polymer biodegradation. The extraction, purification and application of vegetable oils are then explored, along with vegetable oil-based polyesters and poly(ester amide)s, polyurethanes and epoxies. The book then reviews polyamides, polyolefins and vegetable oil-based hyperbranched polymers. It concludes with an analysis of vegetable oil-based polymer composites and polymer nanocomposites.Vegetable oil-based polymers is an indispensable guide for all those involved in the research and development of biopolymers as well as the wide range of industries looking for more sustainable polymer materials.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of recent research in the area of vegetable oil-based polymeric materials
  • Discusses vegetable oils and their derivatives, biodegradable polymers and the fundamentals of polymers
  • Explores the extraction, purification and application of vegetable oils, along with vegetable oil-based polyesters and poly(ester amide)s, polyurethanes and epoxies


Scientists and designers in industry; R&D professionals; Students and academics in the fields such as chemical sciences, materials science, environmental science

Table of Contents

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    Chapter 1: Fundamentals of polymers


    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Classification

    1.3 Raw materials for polymers

    1.4 Polymerisation process

    1.5 Polymerisation techniques

    1.6 Modifications

    1.7 Characterisation

    1.8 Structure and properties

    1.9 Additives and processing

    1.10 Applications

    1.11 Future Challenges for polymers

    1.12 Revision questions

    Chapter 2: Biodegradable polymers


    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Definition of biodegradable polymers

    2.3 Background

    2.4 Classification

    2.5 Factors affecting biodegradation

    2.6 Approaches to biodegradable polymers

    2.7 Biopolymers

    2.8 Mechanisms of biodegradation

    2.9 Biodegradation testing methods

    2.10 Applications

    2.11 Current status and future trends

    2.12 Revision questions

    Chapter 3: Vegetable oils and their derivatives


    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Classification

    3.3 Extraction

    3.4 Purification

    3.5 Storage

    3.6 Characterisation

    3.7 Structure and properties

    3.8 Vegetable oils used in industry and research and development

    3.9 Industrial oleochemicals

    3.10 Applications

    3.11 Revision questions

    Chapter 4: Vegetable oil-based polyesters


    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Classification

    4.3 Raw materials

    4.4 Preparation or resinification

    4.5 Modification

    4.6 Characterisation

    4.7 Structure and properties

    4.8 Applications

    4.9 Revision questions

    Chapter 5: Vegetable oil-based poly(ester amide)s


    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Materials and methods

    5.3 Preparation or resinification

    5.4 Modification

    5.5 Curing

    5.6 Characterisation

    5.7 Structure and properties

    5.8 Applications

    5.9 Revision questions

    Chapter 6: Vegetable oil-based polyurethanes


    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Classification

    6.3 Materials and methods

    6.4 Preparation techniques

    6.5 Modification

    6.6 Characterisation

    6.7 Structure and properties

    6.8 Applications

    6.9 Revision questions

    Chapter 7: Vegetable oil-based epoxies


    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Classification

    7.3 Materials and methods

    7.4 Modifications

    7.5 Curing

    7.6 Characterisation

    7.7 Structure and properties

    7.8 Applications

    7.9 Revision questions

    Chapter 8: Polyamides, polyolefins and other vegetable oil-based polymers


    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Materials and methods

    8.3 Engineering polymers

    8.4 Addition polymers

    8.5 Structure and properties

    8.6 Applications

    8.7 Revision questions

    Chapter 9: Vegetable oil-based hyperbranched polymers


    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Comparison with conventional polymers

    9.3 Preparative methodology

    9.4 Modification

    9.5 Characterisation

    9.6 Structure and properties

    9.7 Applications

    9.8 Future trends and challenges

    9.9 Revision questions

    Chapter 10: Vegetable oil-based polymer composites


    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Classification

    10.3 Materials and methods

    10.4 Testing and analysis

    10.5 Performance of composites

    10.6 Varieties of vegetable oil-based polymer composites

    10.7 Applications

    10.8 Concluding remarks

    10.9 Revision questions

    Chapter 11: Vegetable oil-based polymer nanocomposites


    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Significance

    11.3 Classification

    11.4 Comparison with conventional polymer composites

    11.5 Nanomaterials

    11.6 Preparative methodologies

    11.7 Characterisation

    11.8 Properties

    11.9 Varieties of vegetable oil-based polymer nanocomposites

    11.10 Applications

    11.11 Concluding remarks

    11.12 Revision questions


Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2012
  • Published: July 10, 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780857097101
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857097149

About the Author

N Karak

Niranjan Karak is Professor of Polymer Science and Technology and Head of the Chemical Sciences Department at Tezpur University, India. He has published over 87 research papers, two books and two chapters in two edited books, and also regularly acts as a reviewer for many international polymer journals.

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Tezpur University, India

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