Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics

Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, 1st Edition

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Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, 1st Edition,Sina Ebnesajjad,ISBN9781455728343

S Ebnesajjad   

William Andrew




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This new Handbook brings provides engineers and scientists with the information and practical guidance needed to successfully design and manufacture products using biopolymers and biodegradable plastics.

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Key Features

  • Essential information and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working with bioplastics, or evaluating a migration to bioplastics.
  • Includes key published material on biopolymers, updated specifically for this Handbook, and new material including coverage of PLA and Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.
  • Coverage of materials and applications together in one handbook enables engineers and scientists to make informed design decisions.


Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics are a hot issue across the Plastics industry, and for many of the industry sectors that use plastic, from packaging to medical devices and from the construction indusry to the automotive sector.

This book brings together a number of key biopolymer and biodegradable plastics topics in one place for a broad audience of engineers and scientists, especially those designing with biopolymers and biodegradable plastics, or evaluating the options for switching from traditional plastics to biopolymers.

Topics covered include preparation, fabrication, applications and recycling (including biodegradability and compostability). Applications in key areas such as films, coatings controlled release and tissue engineering are discussed.

Dr Ebnesajjad provides readers with an in-depth reference for the plastics industry - material suppliers and processors, bio-polymer producers, bio-polymer processors and fabricators - and for industry sectors utilizing biopolymers - automotive, packaging, construction, wind turbine manufacturers, film manufacturers, adhesive and coating industries, medical device manufacturers, biomedical engineers, and the recycling industry.


Plastics engineers, product designers, packaging engineers and materials scientists, medical device and packaging designers and users; polymer and coatings chemists; producers and users of biopolymers; Sectors: food, beverage and pharmaceutical packaging, medical devices, chemical processing, construction, automotive

Sina Ebnesajjad

Sina Ebnesajjad is the series editor of Plastics Design Library (PDL) published in the William Andrew imprint of Elsevier. This Series is a unique series, comprising technology and applications handbooks, data books and practical guides tailored to the needs of practitioners. Sina was the editor-in-chief of William Andrew Publishing from 2005 to 2007, which was acquired by Elsevier in 2009. He retired as a Senior Technology Associate in 2005 from the DuPont fluoropolymers after nearly 24 years of service. Sina founded of FluoroConsultants Group, LLC in 2006 where he continues to work. Sina earned his Bachelor of Science from the School of Engineering of the University of Tehran in 1976, Master of Science and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all in Chemical Engineering. He is author, editor and co-author of fifteen technical and data books including five handbooks on fluoropolymers technology and applications. He is author and co-author of three books in surface preparation and adhesion of materials, two of which are in their second editions. Sina has been involved with technical writing and publishing since 1974. His experiences include fluoropolymer technologies (polytetrafluoroethylene and its copolymers) including polymerization, finishing, fabrication, product development, failure analysis, market development and technical service. Sina holds six patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fluoroconsultants Group, Chadds Ford, PA, USA

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Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, 1st Edition

Chapter 1: Overview of Plant Polymers - Resources, Demands, and Sustainability
by: Xiuzhi S. Sun


Chapter 2: The State of the Art of Renewable Resources
by: A. Gandini and M. N. Belgacem

Chapter 3: Polymeric Biomaterials
by: W. He and R. Benson

Chapter 4: Biodegradable and Biobased Polymers
by: L. Jiang, X. Liu and J. Zhang

Chapter 5: Starch: Major Sources, Properties and Applications as Thermoplastic Materials
by: A. J.F. Carvalho

Chapter 6: Cellulose-Based Composites and Nanocomposites
by: A. Dufresne

Chapter 7: Polylactic Acid: Synthesis, Properties and Applications
by: L. Avérous

Chapter 8: Properties of Poly(lactic acid)
by: A. R. Rahmat et al

Chapter 9: Compostable polymer materials definitions, structures and methods of preparation
by: E. Rudnik

Chapter 10: Biodegradability testing of compostable polymer materials
by: E. Rudnik


Chapter 11: Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives, Elastomers, and Coatings from plant Oil
by: R. P. Wool

Chapter 12: Biopolymer Films and Composite Coatings
by: A. Nussinovitch

Chapter 13: Biopolymers in Controlled-Release Delivery Systems
by: K. Pal

Chapter 14: Hydrocolloids and Medicinal Chemistry Applications
by: L. M. Grover and A. M. Smith

Chapter 15: Natural Polymers in tissue engineering applications
by: Gomez et al.

Chapter 16: Fabrication of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds
by: A. Kramschuster & L.S. Turng

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