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By Robin Smith

The majority of plastic items are made up of petroleum-based man made polymers that don't degrade in a landfill or in a compost-like setting. accordingly, the disposal of those items poses a major environmental challenge. An environmentally-conscious replacement is to design/synthesize polymers which are biodegradable.

Biodegradable polymers for commercial functions introduces the topic through outlining the category and improvement of biodegradable polymers. fabrics on hand for the creation of biodegradable polymers are explored. Polymers derived from sugars, ordinary fibres, renewable woodland assets, poly(lactic acid) and protein-nanoparticle composites are checked out intimately during this part. The houses and mechanisms of deterioration are checked out, prefacing the topic with a bankruptcy on present criteria. the ultimate half explores possibilities for commercial purposes, with chapters on packing, agriculture and biodegradable polycaprolactone foams in supercritical carbon dioxide.

Biodegradable polymers for commercial functions explores the elemental options about the improvement of biodegradable polymers, degradable polymers from sustainable assets, degradation and houses and business functions. it truly is an authoritative booklet that's valuable for lecturers, researchers and coverage makers within the industry.

  • Reviews the significance and commercial use of biodegradable polymers and degradable polymers from sustainable sources
  • An beneficial source for either lecturers and industry
  • Edited through a number one authority within the box with contributions from a global crew of experts

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Biotec (undated) BIOPLASTÕ GF 105/30, technical information. Braunegg, G. (2002) `Sustainable Poly(hydroxyalcanoate) (PHA) production' in Geralds Scott, Degradable Polymers Principles and Applications 2nd edn, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 235±293. Chiellini, E. Chiellini, F. and Cinelli, P. (2002) `Polymers from renewable ressources' in Geralds Scott, Degradable Polymers Principles and Applications 2nd edn, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 163±233. -M. (2002) `Classification and comparison of thermal and mechanical properties of commercialized polymers' International Congress & Trade Show, The Industrial Applications of Bioplastics, 3rd, 4th and 5th February.

11 Structure of polyglycolic acid. © 2005, Woodhead Publishing Limited Classification of biodegradable polymers 23 Dexon (American Cyanamide Corp) PGA is a rigid thermoplastic material with high crystallinity (46±50%) produced by ring opening of glycolide, a diester of glycolic acid. The glass transition is 36 ëC and the melting temperature is 225 ëC. PGA is not soluble in most organic solvents but has a high sensitivity to hydrolysis. It can be processed by extrusion, injection and compression moulding.

Poly(l)LA and poly(d)LA are semi-crystalline solids having hydrolytic degradation rates similar to PGA. PLA is more hydrophobic and more resistant to hydrolysis than PGA. The (l) isomer of lactic acid (LA) is preferentially chosen because it is better metabolised in the body. 12 Structure of polylactic acid. Copolymers of PGA and PLA PL(l)LA, poly(lactic-glycolic acid) (PLGA) copolymers and PGA have a FDA approval for human clinical use. For example, Vicryl (Ethicon Inc), is composed of 8% (l)LA and 92% GA.

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