Renewable Bioresources: Scope and Modification for Non-Food Applications / Edition 1

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'Renewable resources' is a new and rapidly developing concept in the environmental and chemical sciences that concerns the broad use of renewable raw materials for industry. In today's environmentally aware society, sustainable development, clean technology and pollution, and green chemistry are integral to this area.

Renewable Bioresources: scope and modification for non-food applications is the first text to consider the broad concept of renewable materials from the socio-economic aspects through to the chemical production and technical aspects of treating different raw products. The text sets the context of the renewables debate with key opening chapters on green chemistry, and the current situation of US and EU policy regarding sustainability and industrial waste. The quantitative and technical scope and production of renewable resources is then discussed with material looking at integral valorisation, the primary production of raw materials, downstream processing, and the identification of renewable crop materials. The latter part of the book concludes with a discussion on the uses for renewable materials such as carbohydrates, woods, fibres, biopolymers, lipids and proteins in different industrial applications, including a key chapter on the high value-added industries.

  • Covers the broad concept of renewable resources from different points of view.
  • Takes readers through the identification, production, processing and end-applications for renewable raw materials.
  • Considers and compares EU and US renewable resources and sustainability objectives.
  • Devotes one chapter to green chemistry and sustainability, focussing on the green industrial processes.

This is an essential book for upper level undergraduates and Masters students taking modules on Renewable Resources, Green Chemistry, Sustainable Development, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science and Environmental Technology. It will also benefit industry professionals and product developers who are looking at improved economic and environmental means of utilising renewable materials.

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Editorial Reviews

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“…an extremely valuable source book for all those involved in bioresources” (Chemistry and Industry No. 18 20th September 2004)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470854464
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.61 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Christian Stevens is Coordinator of  the Working Group on the European Master Programme “Renewable Resources” (14 different European countries); Co-organiser of a European Intensive Courses on Renewable Resources; Author of reviews on Renewable Resources:

  • Chemical Modification of Inulin, a Valuable Renewable Resource, and its Industrial Applications.Biomacromolecules (2001) and
  • Chitosan as Antimicrobial Agent : Applications and Mode of Action. Biomacromolecules (2003).

He is author/co-author of several patents on Renewable Resources and will be the Series Editor of the upcoming series on Renewable Resources (Wiley)

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Table of Contents

1 Green chemistry and sustainability 1
2 Socio-economical aspects and policy of renewable resources 30
3 Integral valorization 46
4 Primary production of raw materials 72
5 Energy from renewable resources (bio-energy) 105
6 Identification and quantification of renewable crop materials 138
7 Industrial products from carbohydrates, wood and fibres 160
8 Occurrence, functions and biosyntheis of non-carbohydrate biopolymers 189
9 Industrial products from lipids and proteins 208
10 High value-added industries 251
11 Renewable resources : back to the future 293
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