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This first systematic scientific reference in the area of micro and nanostructured biopolymer systems discusses in two volumes the morphology, structure, dynamics, properties and applications of all important biopolymers, as well as their blends, composites, interpenetrating networks and gels. Selected leading researchers from industry, academia, government and private research institutions around the globe comprehensively review recent accomplishments in the field. They examine the current state of the art, new challenges, opportunities and applications, discussing all the synthetic routes to the generation of both micro- and nano-morphologies, as well as the synthesis, characterization and application of porous biopolymers. With figures and tables available as supplementary PowerPoint files, this is an outstanding resource for anyone involved in the field of eco-friendly biomaterials for advanced technologies.
Dominique Durand is a Professor and former Director of the UMR-CNRS Polymers, Colloids and Interfaces Department at University of Maine, Le Mans, France. His research focuses on complex systems such as covalent networks, associating polymers, and biopolymer gels. He is author of ca. 200 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters.
Christophe Chassenieux is a Professor at the University of Maine, Le mans, France. His research interests encompass properties of polymer gels and solutions at rest and under shear.
P. Jyotishkumar is a Senior Research Fellow pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Sabu Thomas in the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandi University, India.
Sabu Thomas is a Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at Mahatma Gandhi University (India). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. Thomas has published over 300 papers in peer reviewed journals on his polymer composite, membrane separation, polymer blend and alloy, and polymer recycling research and has edited four books.
Table of Contents
MORPHOLOGY, STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES Biopolymer-Based Materials: State of the Art, New Challenges, and Opportunities General Overview on Biopolymers: Structure, Properties, and Applications Biopolymers from Plants Bacterial Biopolymers and Genetically Engineered Biopolymers for Gel Systems Biopolymers from Animals Polymer Blends from Biopolymers Biopolymer-Based Macro, Micro, and Nanocomposites IPNs Derived from Biopolymers Associating Biopolymer Systems and Hyaluronate Biomaterials Polymer Gels from Biopolymers Structural Biomaterials and Biomimetic Strategies CHARACTERISATION AND APPLICATIONS Solution Properties of Biopolymers Dielectric Spectroscopy and Thermally Simulated Current Analysis of Biopolymer Systems NMR Spectroscopy of Biopolymer Systems ESR Spectroscopy of Biopolymer Polymer Systems XPS Studies of Biopolymer Systems Light Scattering Studies of Biopolymer Systems X-Ray Scattering Studies of Biopolymer Systems Characterization of Biopolymer Systems by Neutron Scattering Microscopy of Biopolymer Systems Rheoptical Characterisation of Biopolymer Systems Rheological Behaviour of Biopolymer Systems Mechanical and Viscoelastic Properties of Biopolymer Systems Interfacial Properties of Biopolymers, Emulsions, and Emulsifiers Modeling and Simulation of Biopolymer Systems Aging, Biodegradation, and Recycling of Biopolymer Systems Biopolymers for Health, Cosmetic, and Food Applications