Polymers from Renewable Resources

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December 2018
568 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-451-2 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-452-9 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Polymers from Renewable Resources that was published in

Chemistry & Materials Science
The use of polymeric materials from renewable resources dates back in history. Even though synthetic polymers dominated the market for years, there is now a need for the development of sustainable, safe, and environmentally benign plastics from renewable resources.

Green polymers from renewable resources can be isolated from biomass, obtained through the chemical modification of natural polymers, or synthesized through a two-step process from biomass involving monomer synthesis and then polymerization. Finally, polymer synthesis can be achieved in plants through photosynthesis using carbon dioxide or in microorganisms (e.g. synthesis of poly(hydroxy-alkanoate)s).

In this issue, the developments in sustainable polymers including PLA, PHB, and furan-based materials are presented together with those concerning bionanocomposites of lignocellulosic mater or starch, and blends of bioplastics. The use of biomass-based plasticizers, fillers, and additives for the improvement of polymers’ properties and the applications of biopolymers such as hyaluronic acid, carrageenans, chitosan, and polysaccharides in medicine and pharmaceutics are discussed.

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polysaccharides; chitosan; microparticles; spray drying; structural properties; polymer characterization; drug release; hyaluronic acid; bone morphogenetic protein-2; absorbable collagen sponge; bone regeneration; angiogenesis; regenerated celluloses; bioadsorbents; dye removal; functional membranes; biobased polymers; biodegradable polymers; polylactides (PLA); poly(hydroxy alkanoates) (PHAs); bio-poly(ethylene terephthalate) (bio-PET); poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF); biobased polyamides; succinate polymers; polyterpenes; modified lactide; biodegradable biocomposites; thermoplastics; fibres; chicken feathers; cellulose nanofibrils; polyurethane foam; reinforced nanocomposite; carbamazepine; carrageenan polymers; diclofenac; dispersive solid phase extraction; response surface methodology; glycerol pretreatment; levoglucosan; fast pyrolysis; lignocellulose; PLA; PLGA; mesoporous cellular foam; paliperidone; thiolated chitosan; microspheres; drug encapsulation; cardanol; plasticizer; poly(vinyl chloride); migration; plasticization mechanism; poly(lactic acid) (PLA); crystallization kinetics; stereocomplexes; crystallization in multi-block copolymers; polybutylene succinate (PBS); liquid crystal; orientation; polystyrene; eugenol; montmorillonite; halloysite; Laponite®; composting; biofilm; degradation; bio-based; biopolymer; biocomposite; fabric reinforcement; natural fibres; foaming; polymeric nanoparticles; renewable polysaccharides; anionic starch; cationic anti-infectives; transfection; glycerol carbonate; dimer acid; esterification; lipase; cyclocarbonate; bio-based non-isocyanate polyurethane; poly(ethylene furanoate); PEF; 2,5-furan dicarboxylate; crystal structure; polymorphism; laccase; grafting; TMP; BioPE; biocomposites; lauryl gallate; octyl gallate; 3D printing; poly(ethylene furanoate); solid-state polymerization; high molecular weight; thermal properties; polyester; remelting process; PBF; PBI; copolyesters; ROP; cyclic oligomers; thermal properties; crystallization; biodegradable polymers; Poly(propylene 1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylate); random copolymers; gas barrier properties; food packaging; eco-friendly copolyesters; food simulants; relative humidity; biodegradable; nanocellulose; carbon nanotubes; nanoclay; polymer composites; volatile renewable resources; microbial infection; plant secondary metabolites; antimicrobial essential oils; biologically-active polymers; plasma-assisted technique; renewable resources; lignocellulosic biomass; polymerization; reaction mechanisms; furfuryl alcohol; lignocellulosic sisal fibers; recycled PET; electrospinning; mechanical properties; crystallization kinetics; ionic liquids; biodegradable polymer; poly(ε-caprolactone); specific interactions; biomass; coatings; isosorbide; FDCA; polyester; biopolymer; 1-5-pentanediol; alveolar macrophages; fucoidan; isoniazid; inhalable microparticles; rifabutin; spray-drying; tuberculosis therapy; wood; Eucalyptus globulus; laccase; Kraft lignin; medium-density fiberboards; pilot scale; natural fibers; green composites; micro-mechanics; Kelly-Tyson; interphase; lignin; surface functionalization; rigid polyurethane foam; compressive strength and modulus; thermal insulation; building materials; halloysite nanoclay; plasticized starch; glycerol; sorbitol; microstructure; mechanical properties; 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid; poly(1,4-butylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate); biobased materials; bacterial cellulose; nanocomposites; mechanical properties; sorafenib; doxorubicin; polymeric nanoparticles; drug delivery; n/a