Biopolymers: Reuse, Recycling, and Disposal, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1455731544
  • ISBN-13: 9781455731541
  • DDC: 547.7
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 432 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released July 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Biopolymers Reuse, Recycling and Disposal is the first book covering all aspects of biopolymer waste management and post-usage scenarios, embracing existing technologies, applications, and the behavior of biopolymers in various waste streams. The book investigates the benefits and weaknesses, social, economic and environmental impacts, and regulatory aspects of each technology. It covers different types of recycling and degradation, as well as life cycle analysis, all supported by case studies, literature references, and detailed information about global patents. Patents in particular—comprising 80% of published technical literature in this emerging field, widely scattered, and often available in Japanese only—are a key source of information. Dr. Niaounakis draws on disciplines such as polymer science, management, biology and microbiology, organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and patent law to produce a reference guide for engineers, scientists and other professionals involved in the development and production of biopolymers, waste management, and recycling. This information is also valuable for regulators, patent attorneys and academics working in this field.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Series Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Abbreviations of Biopolymers.
1: Introduction to Biopolymers.
2: Definitions and Assessment of (Bio)Degradation.
3: Reuse.
4: Disposal.
5: Physical Recycling.
6: Chemical Recycling.
7: Degradability on Demand.
8: Developments and Trends in Patenting.
9: Regulatory Aspects Framework.
10: Economic Evaluation and Environmental Impacts.
Patents Related to Recycling, Reuse, and Disposal of Biopolymers.
Patents related to Degradation on Demand.
Supplementary Patents.
Databases Consulted.
Further Information Sources.
Patents Index.
Applicants Index.
Inventors Index.
Author Index.
Subject Index.