Bio-Based Plastics: Materials and Applications

Bio-Based Plastics: Materials and Applications

Editor(s): Stephan Kabasci

Published Online: 4 OCT 2013 08:47PM EST

Print ISBN: 9781119994008

Online ISBN: 9781118676646

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676646

About this Book

The field of bio-based plastics has developed significantly in the last 10 years and there is increasing pressure on industries to shift existing materials production from petrochemicals to renewables.

Bio-based Plastics presents an up-to-date overview of the basic and applied aspects of bioplastics, focusing primarily on thermoplastic polymers for material use. Emphasizing materials currently in use or with significant potential for future applications, this book looks at the most important biopolymer classes such as polysaccharides, lignin, proteins and polyhydroxyalkanoates as raw materials for bio-based plastics, as well as materials derived from bio-based monomers like lipids, poly(lactic acid), polyesters, polyamides and polyolefines. Detailed consideration is also given to the market and availability of renewable raw materials, the importance of bio-based content and the aspect of biodegradability.

Topics covered include:

  • Starch
  • Cellulose and cellulose acetate
  • Materials based on chitin and chitosan
  • Lignin matrix composites from natural resources
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • Poly(lactic acid)
  • Polyesters, Polyamides and Polyolefins from biomass derived monomers
  • Protein-based plastics

Bio-based Plastics is a valuable resource for academic and industrial researchers who are interested in new materials, renewable resources, sustainability and polymerization technology. It will also prove useful for advanced students interested in the development of bio-based products and materials, green and sustainable chemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science.

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Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 2

      Starch (pages 9–33)

      Catia Bastioli, Paolo Magistrali and Sebastià Gestí Garcia

    3. Chapter 5

      Lignin Matrix Composites from Natural Resources – ARBOFORM® (pages 89–115)

      Helmut Nägele, Jürgen Pfitzer, Lars Ziegler, Emilia Regina Inone-Kauffmann, Wilhelm Eckl and Norbert Eisenreich

    4. Chapter 9

      Other Polyesters from Biomass Derived Monomers (pages 241–274)

      Daan S. van Es, Frits van der Klis, Rutger J. I. Knoop, Karin Molenveld, Lolke Sijtsma and Jacco van Haveren

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