Biopolymers by M. Johnson, L.Y. Mwaikambo, N. Tucker

By M. Johnson, L.Y. Mwaikambo, N. Tucker

The earth has finite assets when it comes to fossil beginning gasoline and a finite ability for disposal of waste. Biopolymers may perhaps supply an answer to either those concerns within the long term. This Rapra evaluation record units out to check the present traits in biopolymer technology. the different sorts of organic polymers are mentioned, and the chemistry and synthesis of a few key biopolymers are defined. This evaluation is followed by way of over four hundred abstracts from papers and books within the Rapra Polymer Library database, to facilitate additional analyzing in this topic.

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Plaques which consisted of 100% Mater-Bi were also produced and tested to provide information on the effect of addition of Miscanthus fibres on the impact performance of the biodegradable polymer. A design of experiments methodology was used to provide data on the effect of processing parameters and material formulation on the impact performance of the biocomposite. , fibre volume and particle size. In comparison with pure Mater-Bi, the Miscanthus-filled polymer exhibited up to 30% higher impact loads.

152 The use of natural and wood fibre reinforcements in polymers is reviewed with respect to types, properties, surface treatment of fibres, processing, properties of composites, and applications. End-use applications examined, include the automotive industry, building industry, furniture and panels and aerospace applications. Some statistics are included for the consumption of natural fibres in Europe by the automotive industry 1996-2010. 485 refs. 7, 18th Oct. 14, 18th Oct. 2002) BIOPOLYMERS AND BIOMATERIALS BASED ON ELASTOMERIC PROTEINS Martino M; Perri T; Tamburro A M Basilicata,University A review is presented on the general features of elastomeric proteins (elastin, abductin and gluten) together with the current state-of-the-art in elastin-based biopolymers and flagelliform silk-based biopolymers.

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