This book is part two of a 3-volume series on polymers from renewable resources. The entire set focuses on gathering contributions from the leading workers in specific areas of research pertaining to this field, such as agroproteins, modification of natural polymers, and environmentally benign synthesis and processing. Each book is an up-to-the-minute guide on a wide range of the studies in this emerging field from polysaccharides to polyesters, biostable polymers to the regulatory issues that are critical to the development of new commercial biodegradable products.
"It is very pleasing to read a book that delivers a lot of exciting new results and comprehensive reviews and stimulates ideas in many promising areas of understanding and application of biopolymers, particularly of biopolyesters and biocatalysts. It is carefully edited and is amply furnished with impressive figures and tables. The book is an absolute necessity for scientists interested in current progress in renewable resources. It belongs on the shelf of any group active in polymer research in either academia or industry." -- Thomas Heinze, Polymer News, Friedrich Schiller University ofJena, Germany
"Examines the synthesis of polyesters from renewable resources that circumvents the accumulation of toxic reagents and offers an option of biodegradability upon disposal. The 21 papers focus on polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and the use of enzymes as catalysts in organic reactions. Topics include rape seed oil methyl ester as a carbon source for growth of PHA, polymerization of la
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