Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, Properties, Processing and Applications

Handbook of Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, Properties, Processing and Applications

Author: S Ebnesajjad
ISBN 978-1-4557-2834-3 

448 Pages 

1st edition

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 industry 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
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 of 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
Sina Ebnesajjad
Areas of Expertise
Fluoroconsultants Group, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, U.S.A; formerly DuPont