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Polyethylene-based Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites

Edited by Visakh P.M. and Sigrid L?ftl
Series: Thermoplastic Bionanocomposites Series
Copyright: 2016   |   Status: Published
ISBN: 9781119038450  |  Hardcover  |  
462 pages
Price: $225.00 USD
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Serves as a “one-stop” reference resource for important research accomplishments in the area of polyethylene-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites

This book will help researchers, scientists, engineers and students in the field of polyethylene-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites who want to learn about preparation methods, characterization techniques and applications. Interested industries include biotechnology, materials, automotive, packaging, and agriculture.

Biodegradable polymers have experienced a growing interest in recent years for applications in packaging, agriculture, automotive, medicine, and other areas. One of the drivers for this development is the great quantity of synthetic plastic discarded improperly in the environment. Therefore, R&D in industry and in academic research centers seek out materials that are reprocessable and bodegradable.

This unique book comprises 12 chapters written by subject specialists and is a state-of-the-art look at all types of polyethylene(PE)-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites as well as their preparation, characterization and applications.
The topics covered include:
• PE/chitin- and PE/starch-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites
• Properties, applications, challenges and opportunities regarding PE/soy protein based biocomposites and bionanocomposites
• PE/hemicellulose-, PE/polyhydroxyalkanoates- and other PE-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites
• Biodegradation study of PE-based biocomposites and bionanocomposites
• PE-based bionanocomposites for packaging applications
• Properties and utilization of plant fibers and nanocellulose for thermoplastic composites
• Modification of poly(lactic acid) matrix by chemically modified flax fiber bundles and poly(ethylene glycol) plasticizer.

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Author / Editor Details
Visakh P.M. is a prolific editor with more than 16 books to his name. He is working as a postdoc researcher at the Department of Ecology and Basic Safety, Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), Tomsk, Russia. He obtained his PhD, MPhil and MSc degrees from the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. His research interests include: polymer nanocomposites, bio-nanocomposites, rubber-based nanocomposites, fire retardant polymers, and liquid crystalline polymers and silicon sensors.

Sigrid Lüftl worked for more than 13 years at the Vienna University of Technology as a research associate after she gained her PhD. She was in charge of failure analyses and degradation studies of polymers and gave courses in specialty polymers and biocompatible materials. In 2016 she founded her own consultancy company IWILL. This work also includes teaching such as helping students with learning difficulties and how to write a scientific thesis. She is the author and co-author of several scientific publications and editor of two books including “Polyoxymethylene Handbook: Structure, Properties, Applications and Their Nanocomposites” (2014 Wiley-Scrivener).

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