Bio-Based Polymers and Composites

Edited by Richard Wool and X. Susan Sun 
Academic Press  August 2005  

Hardback  640  ISBN 9780127639529      £79.00
  • First book describing the utilization of crops to make high performance plastics, adhesives, and composites
  • Interdisciplinary approach to the subject, integrating genetic engineering, plant science, food science, chemistry, physics, nano-technology, and composite manufacturing.
  • Explains how to make green materials at low cost from soyoil, proteins, starch, natural fibers, recycled newspapers, chicken feathers and waste agricultural by-products.
Bio-Based Polymers and Composites is the first book systematically describing the green engineering, chemistry and manufacture of biobased polymersand composites derived from plants.

This book gives a thorough introduction to bio-based material resources, availability, sustainability, biobased polymer formation, extraction and refining technologies, and the need for integrated research and multi-disciplinary working teams. It provides an in-depth description of adhesives, resins, plastics, and composites derived from plant oils, proteins, starches, and natural fibers in terms of structures, properties, manufacturing, and product performance. This is an excellent book for scientists, engineers, graduate students and industrial researchers in the field of bio-bassed materials.

Readership: Biotechnology industry; government agencies, trade associationa and applicable societies, upper graduate courses in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and ag-food; green chemistry groups


  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • 1. Overview of Plant Polymers: Resources, Demands, and Sustainability
  • 2. Plant Materials Formation and Growth
  • 3. Isolation and Processing of Plant Materials
  • 4. Polymers and Composite Resins from Plant Oils
  • 5. Composites and Foams from Plant Oil-Based Resins
  • 6. Fundamentals of Fracture in Bio-Based Polymers
  • 7. Properties of Triglyceride-Based Thermosets
  • 8. Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives, Elastomers, and Coatings from Plant Oil
  • 9. Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Soy Proteins
  • 10. Soy Protein Adhesives
  • 11. Plastics Derived from Starch and Poly (Lactic Acids)
  • 12. Bio-Based Composites from Soybean Oil and Chicken Feathers
  • 13. Hurricane-Resistant Houses from Soybean Oil and Natural Fibers
  • 14. Carbon Nanotube Composites with Soybean Oil Resins
  • 15. Nanoclay Biocomposites
  • 16. Lignin Polymers and Composites
  • Index
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