Biocidal Polymers

This book provides detailed information on synthetic, mechanistic and technological aspects of synthetic and natural antimicrobial polymers.

Edited by Narendra Pal Singh Chauhan, Department of Chemistry, B. N. P. G. College, India

published 2016
370 pages.

Hardcover: € 200.00
Paperback: € 170.00

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Biocidal polymers are able to inhibit or kill microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and protozoans. The advantages of antimicrobial polymers over conventional antimicrobial agents include their non-volatility, chemical stability, non-toxicity (difficult to permeate through the skin of animals), ability to prolong product life, increased efficiency and selectivity while minimising their environmental impact. Currently, there is an urgent requirement to develop a synthetic strategy involving different kinds of polymers whose potency against specific microorganisms is accompanied by less hazardous effects.

The main objective of this book is to provide detailed information on the synthesis, and mechanistic and technological aspects of synthetic and natural antimicrobial polymers including: cationic, amphiphilic, biomimetic, biodegradable chitin, chitosan, cellulose, pectin and so on, along with their chemical modification to produce polylactic acid- and polyethylene glycol-based copolymers, conducting polymers, antimicrobial plastics and rubber, functionalised antimicrobial polymers, polymer–metal nanocomposites, N-halamine-based polymers, peptides and so on. Methods of synthesising antimicrobial polymers, chemical modification, in addition to factors affecting their antimicrobial activities and major fields of applications are comprehensively described. Physico-chemical methods (nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier-Transform infrared, confocal microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy) are especially important in the study of the structure and other desired properties of monomers and polymers. Antimicrobial screening using diffusion and dilution methods, against several bacteria, fungi and protozoan, are also included.

This pioneering book is intended to be of general interest to microbiologists, biotechnologists, medical doctors, organic chemists, pharmacists, polymer scientists, food scientists and technologists. This book also offers a balanced, interesting and innovative perspective which is applicable to both academics and industries.


1 Soy-based Materials: An Introduction
2 Structure and Properties of Carboxymethyl Cellulose/Soy Protein Isolate Blend Films
3 Thermoplastic Processing and Characterisation of Soy Protein-based Materials: A Review
4 Influence of Initial Protein Structure on the Properties of Soybean Protein Edible Films
5 Preparation and Properties of Soy Protein Isolate Bioplastics
6 Effect of Boron Nitride Nanoparticles on the Thermal Properties of Soy Protein
7 Soy Protein Edible Films with Improved Properties through the Blending Process
8 Soy-based and Plant Oil-based Polyhydroxyalkanoates
9 Synthesis and Properties of Soy-based Biopolymeric Composites
10 Soy Protein-Isolate-based Films: Preparation, Properties, and Applications
11 Soy Protein Nanocomposites for Packaging Applications
12 Soy Polyol-based Polyurethanes for Bioplastic Application
13 Free-Radical and Ionic Polymerisation of Regular and Conjugated Soybean Oil for Sustainable Bioplastics and Biocomposites
14 Recent Research on Soy Protein-based Blend Materials