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Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications

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Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications

Edited by R Smith

ISBN 1 85573 934 8
Pages 552

The vast majority of plastic products are made from petroleum-based synthetic polymers that do not degrade in a landfill or in a compost-like environment. Therefore, the disposal of these products poses a serious environmental problem. An environmentally-conscious alternative is to design/synthesize polymers that are biodegradable. In this authoritative new book fundamental concepts concerning the development of biodegradable polymers, degradable polymers from sustainable sources, degradation and properties and industrial applications and their importance are reviewed.

Part 1 Classification and development: Classification of biodegradable polymers; Polyhydroxyalkanoates; Oxo-biodegradable polyolefins; New developments in the synthesis of aliphatic polyesters by ring-opening polymerisation; Biodegradable polyesteramides; Thermoplastic starch biodegradable polymers. Part 2 Materials for production of biodegradable polymers: Biodegradable polymers from sugars; Biodegradable polymer composites from natural fibres; Biodegradable polymers from renewable forest resources; Poly(lactic acid) based bioplastics; Biodegradable protein-nanoparticle composites. Part 3 Properties and mechanisms of degradation: Standards for environmentally biodegradable plastics; Material properties of biodegradable polymers; Mechanism of biodegradation; Enzymatic degradation of polymers. Part 4 Industrial applications: Oxo-biodegradable polyolefins in packaging; Biodegradable plastics in agriculture; Generation of biodegradable polycaprolactone foams in supercritical carbon dioxide; Biodegradable polymers in agricultural applications.