27 No. 5
Bio-Based Polymers: Recent Progess
S.S. Im, Y.H. Kim, J.S. Yoon, and I.-J. Chin (editors)
Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 224
Wiley-VCH, 2005, pp. 1–376
Most people would agree that we live in an “age of plastics.” Packaging is one of the areas where plastics are favorably used. In particular, as the geographical separation between the producers and the consumers has been widened, efficient packaging became essential to retain the nutrients and freshness of produce and to reduce the amount of preservatives used.
There is an ever-increasing demand for manufacturing plastics out of sustainable resources, because raw materials derived from fossil fuels are rather limited. Bio-based polymers can make excellent candidates for such materials. It was, therefore, very timely that the 8th World Conference on Biodegradable Polymers and Plastics (BDPP8) was held to discuss current issues and the most recent advances in biodegradable and bio-based polymers and plastics. The conference series began in 1991 as the International Scientific Consensus Workshop on Degradable Materials, and thereafter has been held almost every two years. The BDPP8 emphasized the industrial aspects of biodegradable plastics, and representatives of the major producers of biodegradable plastics were invited to present the most recent developments. Government policies and regulatory issues of several countries were also addressed. The list of participants shows a broad spectrum in terms of countries represented, areas of interest, and types of organizations.
This volume contains selected papers on six different topics: microbial poly(hydroxy alkanoate)s, poly(lactic acid)s, biodegradable polyesters and polyurethanes, hydrogels and biomedical applications, blends and processing, and microbial degradation.
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