Bioplastics - Basics. Applications. Markets. 

Biokunststoffe - Grundlagen. Anwendungen. Märkte.

Dr.-Ing. Michael Thielen

First edition, 2012 / 110 pages full color / paperback

ISBN 978-3-9814981-1-0: Bioplastics (english version)
ISBN 978-3-9814981-2-7: Biokunststoffe (deutschsprachige Ausgabe, 2. Auflage 2014)

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Bioplastics - Basics, Applications, Markets

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New ‘basics‘ book on bioplastics

This new book, created and published by Polymedia Publisher, maker of bioplastics MAGAZINE will be available from early April 2012 in English and German language. 

The book is intended to offer a rapid and uncomplicated introduction into the subject of bioplastics, and is aimed at all interested readers, in particular those who have not yet had the opportunity to dig deeply into the subject, such as students, those just joining this industry, and lay readers. It gives an introduction to plastics and bioplastics, explains which renewable resources can be used to produce bioplastics, what types of bioplastic exist, and which ones are already on the market. Further aspects, such as market development, the agricultural land required, and waste disposal, are also examined.

An extensive index allows the reader to find specific aspects quickly, and is complemented by a comprehensive literature list and a guide to sources of additional information on the Internet.

The author Michael Thielen is editor and publisher bioplastics MAGAZINE. He is a qualified machinery design engineer with a degree in plastics technology from the RWTH University in Aachen. He has written several books on the subject of blow-moulding technology and disseminated his knowledge of plastics in numerous presentations, seminars, guest lectures and teaching assignments.


Table of contents

1Bioplastic - what is it exactly?6
1.1Fundamentals6
1.2Bioplastics7
1.2.1Biobased plastics8
1.2.2Biodegradable plastics8
1.3Biobased plastics - why?10
2Renewable resources12
2.1Introduction12
2.2Natural Polymers12
2.2.1Polysaccharides (carbohydrates)12
2.2.2Proteins13
2.2.3Lignin13
2.2.4Natural rubber13
2.2.5Other13
2.3Other biogenic materials14
2.3.1Plant oils14
2.3.2Monomers14
3Biobased plastics16
3.1Introduction16
3.2Biobased / partially biobased19
3.3Modified natural polymers21
3.3.1Thermoplastic starch21
3.3.2Cellulose-based plastics22
3.3.3Natural rubber and thermoplastic elastomers24
3.3.4Lignin-based plastics26
3.3.5Protein-based plastics26
3.3.6PHA27
3.4Polymers synthesised from biobased monomers30
3.4.1Biobased polyesters30
3.4.2Biobased polyamides36
3.4.3Biobased polyurethane38
3.4.4Biobased polyacrylates39
3.4.5Biobased polyolefins39
3.4.6Biobased thermoset resins41
3.4.7Other biobased plastics42
3.4.8Bioplastics from waste43
4Methods of processing plastics46
4.1Introduction46
4.2Compounding46
4.3Further processing47
4.3.1Extrusion47
4.3.2Blown film extrusion48
4.3.3Injection moulding49
4.3.4Blow moulding50
4.3.5Thermoforming52
4.3.6Foams52
4.3.7Casting54
4.3.8Other plastic processing methods54
4.3.9Joining plastic together55
5Applications56
5.1Packaging56
5.2Catering58
5.3Horticulture and agriculture59
5.4Medicine and personal care61
5.5Consumer electronics62
5.6Automobile manufacture63
5.7Textiles65
5.8Other66
6End of Life / Disposal / Closed loops68
6.1Recycling68
6.1.1Material recycling68
6.1.2Chemical recycling69
6.2Composting69
6.3Energy recovery or thermal recycling70
6.4Land fill71
6.5Closed loops72
7The market74
8Potential and perspectives78
8.1Further developments78
8.2Do we in fact have enough agricultural land?79
9Legal and regulatory background82
9.1Standards and certification regarding “compostability”82
9.2The Packaging Ordinance83
9.3Standards and certification regarding “Biobased”83
10Suggested further reading86
11Sources of information on the Internet88
12List of references90
13Index96

Preface

Petroleum is not an inexhaustible resource, and it is becoming ever more expensive. Burning of petroleum products (including plastics) has an impact on climate change. Bioplastics can offer an alternative in this regard.

Bioplastics are on the one hand biobased plastics (produced from renewable resources) and on the other hand may well be biodegradable plastics. Many bioplastics meet both of these criteria.

This book is based on numerous articles in the bioplastics MAGAZINE trade publication as well as on various talks, presentations and university lectures that have been given by myself in recent years.

It is intended to offer a rapid and uncomplicated introduction into the subject of bioplastics, and is aimed at all interested readers, in particular those who have not yet had the opportunity to dig deeply into the subject, such as students, those just joining this industry, and lay readers. It gives an introduction to plastics and bioplastics, explains which renewable resources can be used to produce bioplastics, what types of bioplastic exist, and which ones are already on the market. Further aspects, such as market development, the agricultural land required, and waste disposal, are also examined.

An extensive index allows the reader to find specific aspects quickly, and is complemented by a comprehensive literature list and a guide to sources of additional information on the Internet.

The author and the publishers express their thanks to all of the companies who have made it possible, through their advertisements, to publish this book at the lowest possible retail selling price. It should be made clear, however, that these companies have had no influence on the contents of the book. The author also expresses his thanks to the FNR (Agency for Renewable Resources) within then German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection for their support and excellent cooperation.


Mönchengladbach, Germany, February 2012

Michael Thielen


Bioplastics - Basics, Applications, Markets
First edition

ISBN 978-3-9814981-1-0: Bioplastics
ISBN 978-3-9814981-2-7: Biokunststoffe (2. Auflage 2014)

Polymedia Publisher GmbH
Mönchengladbach, Germany
www.polymedia-publisher.com

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Mark Speckenbach, Julia Hunold

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