Collating otherwise hard-to-get and recently acquired knowledge in one work, this is a comprehensive reference on the synthesis, properties, characterization, and applications of this eco-friendly class of plastics. A group of internationally renowned researchers offer their first-hand experience and knowledge, dealing exclusively with those biodegradable polyesters that have become increasingly important over the past two decades due to environmental concerns on the one hand and newly-devised applications in the biomedical field on the other. The result is an unparalleled overview for the industrial chemist and materials scientist, as well as for developers and researchers in industry and academia alike.
Living systems synthesize seven different classes of polymers. They provide structure and form for cells and organisms, function as catalysts and energy storage and carry the genetic information. All these polymers possess technically interesting properties. Some of these biopolymers are already used commercially. This special volume of Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology comprises 10 chapters. It gives an overview of the water insoluble biopolyesters, in particular of the microbially synthesized poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) family. It reports the state of the art of metabolism, regulation and genetic background, the latest advances made in genetic optimization of bacteria, "construction" of transgenic plants and in vitro synthesis by means of purified enzymes. Furthermore, it describes relevant technologies and evaluates perspectives concerning increasing the economic viability and competitiveness of PHA and discusses applications in medicine, packaging, food and other fields.
The book covers current knowledge on all aspects of polyester synthesis, structure, properties (chemical, physical and application relevant) and recycling. The most important technical polyesters are presented in detailed chapters, homogeneous polymers as well as copolymers, blends and high-performance reinforced polyester materials are discussed. This book is directed to chemists, physicists and engineers working in research, development and application of polymers.
Saturated polyester resins are used in a wide range of industrial applications, including industrial paints, automotive coatings, and wood linings. This volume presents the basic chemistry of these systems including step polymerisation, design considerations and cross linking before discussing in detail the application of saturated polyester coatings in these, and other, areas. Divided into nine comprehensive chapters: Principles of Step Polymerisation; Polyester Design Considerations; The Chemistry & Technology of the Crosslinking of Aminoplasts; Waterborne Saturated Polyesters; Principles, Derivatisation and Applications of Dendritic Polyesters; Polyesters in Industrial Paints; The Applications of Saturated Polyester in OE and Refinish (VR) Coatings; Saturated Polyester Resins & Powder Coatings; Saturated Polyester Systems in Woodfinishing