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Bioplastics - Basics, Applications, Markets

General conditions, market situation, production, structure and properties
Dr.-Ing. Michael Thielen

‘basics‘ book on bioplastics

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.

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Engineering Biopolymers

General conditions, market situation, production, structure and properties
Hans-Josef Endres, Andrea Siebert-Raths

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Technische Biopolymere (German Language)

Rahmenbedingungen, Marktsituation, Herstellung,Aufbau und Eigenschaften
Hans-Josef Endres, Andrea Siebert-Raths

Soy-based Bioplastics

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Soy and its coproducts are rapidly emerging as one of the most prominent sustainable plastics of the 21st century. The relative abundance of soy and its functional and thermoplastic properties, low cost, and biodegradable characteristics have made it a material of great interest for widespread use in the plastics industry. As most of the functional properties of the final products are directly related to the physico-chemical properties of the raw material, a detailed knowledge of the inherent characteristics of soy-based materials is essential for understanding and manipulating their properties for better end-user applications.

Keratin-based Biomaterials and Bioproducts

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Demand for products made from renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly raw materials is increasing, and will further increase substantially in the future. Awareness of the adverse impacts of synthetic products on the environment, increasingly stringent governmental regulations on the use and disposable of non-biodegradable products, and affordability of consumers are some of the drivers for ‘bioproducts’. One of the most economical and practical approaches to develop bioproducts is to use abundant low-cost agricultural byproducts and coproducts. Residues left after harvesting food crops, byproducts generated during production of biofuels, and conversion of animals and plants into food are some of the readily available raw materials suitable for development of bioproducts.

Biocidal Polymers

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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.

Microbial-based Polyhydroxyalkanoates

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Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is a broad term covering a group of natural biopolymers that are synthesised by a range of microbes. PHAs are biodegradable, biocompatible thermoplastics which have great potential; they have garnered an increasing amount of attention as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics due to the increasing global need for sustainable development through renewable and eco-friendly resources.

Polymers from plant oils

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This book provides an update on the field of polymers derived from vegetable oils. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in all aspects of the discipline over the last decade, ranging from direct exploitation of triglycerides to their conversion into novel monomeric species and their polymerisation (including the properties and potential applications of the ensuing materials).

Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers, 2nd Edition

By Catia Bastioli, Novamont

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Biodegradable polymers are niche but ever-expanding market materials finding focused applications in sectors where biodegradability, together with the performances they attain during use, offers systematic environmental benefits: agricultural applications, packaging, catering, hygiene and slow release items.

They represent a highly promising solution, since they have the potential to overcome environmental concerns such as the decreasing availability of landfill space and the depletion of petrochemical resources, and also offer a sustainable alternative option to mechanical and chemical recycling.

Inorganic Biomaterials: Structure, Properties and Applications

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The book begins by introducing the concept of inorganic biomaterials, which includes bioceramics and bioglass. This concept is further extended to hybrid biomaterials consisting of inorganic and organic materials to mimic natural biomaterials.

It goes on to provide the reader with information on biocompatibility, bioactivity and bioresorbability. The concept of the latter is important because of the increasing role resorbable biomaterials are playing in implant applications. The book also introduces a new concept on mechanical compatibility - 'mechacompatibility'. Almost all implant biomaterials employed to date, such as metal and ceramic implants, do not meet this biological requirement as they have far higher modulus than any biomaterials in the body.

Biomass-based Biocomposites

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Green polymer materials from biomass-based natural resources are of paramount importance in a range of applications, from biomedicine to biocomposites. Indeed, during the last few years there has been increasing demand for green biocomposites obtained from renewable and sustainable biomass-based resources. Plants, grasses, straws, agriculture residues, algae, water plants etc. are among one of the most promising and the most abundant bio-based resources of biopolymers on earth and they are an indispensable component in biocomposites. One of the important features of biomass-based materials is that they can be designated and tailored to meet different requirements depending upon the application. Renewability, low cost, eco-friendliness, ease of processing, non-abrasiveness and relevant mechanical as well as physico-chemical properties are among the most important advantages of using biomass-based materials for the development of green biocomposites.

Biotechnology in Biopolymers: Developments, Applications & Challenging Areas

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This comprehensive book provides up-to-date information on the developments in the field of biopolymers. It offers an introduction to progress in the field and outlines the various applications of biopolymers. Different methods and techniques of synthesis and characterisation are detailed as individual chapters. Various modes and mechanisms of degradation of materials are discussed. There is a dedicated chapter on industrially available biopolymers and their applications, as well as a chapter detailing ongoing research, current trends and future challenges.

Rosin-based Chemicals and Polymers

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Rosin is an abundantly available natural product composed of around 90% acidic and 10% neutral compounds. Rosin and its derivatives have long been used as tackifiers in adhesives. They have also found other niche applications in inks, varnishes, paints, sealing wax, some soaps, paper sizing; soldering, plasters, food additives, etc. However, many of the conventional applications of rosin mainly utilize the inherent physical properties in various practices.

Update on Polylactide Based Materials

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Polylactides are aliphatic polyesters derived from lactic acid, and various derivatives thereof, and are one of the most promising of polymers based on starting materials available from renewable resources. Materials based on these polymers are at the cutting edge of progress in sustainable materials science.

Practical Guide to Microbial Polyhydroxyalkanoates

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Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are plastic-like polymers produced naturally by many types of bacteria. PHA are among the most promising next generation plastics because they are biodegradable and can be produced using renewable resources.

This Practical Guide provides detailed information on the various microbial aspects that govern the design and synthesis of commercially useful PHA. Unlike chemical polymerisation processes, the microbial system involves multiple biological catalysts that convert renewable carbon sources into monomers and finally high molecular weight polymers in an aqueous environment and at ambient conditions. This rather complicated process is described by giving specific and well-established examples along with new and recent findings.

Handbook of Bioplastics and Biocomposites Engineering Applications

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Edited by Srikanth Pilla: In today's world, bioplastics are becoming increasingly prominent owing mainly to scarcity of oil, increase in the cost of petroleum-based commodities, and growing environmental concerns with the dumping of non-biodegradable plastics in landfills. This book summarizes the field of bioplastics by illustrating how they form a unique class of research area that integrates pure and applied sciences such as chemistry, engineering and materials science, to initate solutions. ...

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Degradable Plastics

A new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc.

The degradable plastic industry has been on the verge of commercial success for decades. However, demand growth was limited because most degradable plastics were too expensive, were unavailable in large enough quantities or had performance drawbacks that limited them to niche markets ...

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The state-of-the-art on Bioplastics

Products, markets, trends, and technologies
Jan Th. J. Ravenstijn

The report 'The state-of-the-art on Bioplastics 2010' describes the revolutionary growth of bio-based monomers, polymers, and plastics and changes in performance and variety for the entire global plastics market in the first decades of this century...