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Chemistry and Technology of Biodegradable Polymers - G. Griffin

Chemistry and Technology of Biodegradable Polymers

By: G. Griffin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1993
ISBN: 9780751400038
Number Of Pages: 154

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Since the early 1970s the subject of biodegradable plastics has acquired a rapidly growing literature of academic research papers. It has also acquired a formidable volume of patent documentation and all this has been over­ whelmed by an astonishing quantity of serious media and political com­ ment. A new entrant into any technical arena w. ould, in most technologies, simply visit their technical library and pick up a text book on the subject in the expectation of absorbing the basic facts before launching into the daily task of updating and evaluating. Scientific conferences have produced many substantial volumes carrying the word 'biodegradable' on their covers, and there has even been a specialist monograph on the topic of bacterially produced polymers but, surprisingly, no book has yet emerged providing a general survey of the subject. Having devoted half my pro­ fessional career to the subject of biodegradable plastics I agreed to take on the editorial job of producing such a book when asked by the publisher. I knew that the task of finding expert specialists and persuading them to contribute dispassionate accounts of their specialisms would not be easy, but the difficulties that I have encountered were far greater than I expected. Some were simply too busy, others were involved in patent disputes or commercial negotiations. In giving an account of the work that I and my students carried out at BruneI University I believe that I have written in a manner that displays enthusiasm without prejudice.

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The book will be of value to polymer chemists and technologists as well as those concerned with the environmental impact of plastics - Food Science and Technology; It contains a great deal of information, maintaining an excellent balance between underlying science and technological implications. - Journal of Chemistry, Technology and Biotechnology

Introductionp. 1
Chemistry and biochemistry of polymer biodegradationp. 7
Particulate starch based productsp. 18
Biopolyestersp. 48
Recycling technology for biodegradable plasticsp. 97
Test methods and standards for biodegradable plasticsp. 116
Gelatinised starch productsp. 135
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9780751400038
ISBN-10: 0751400033
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 154
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.75  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.5