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In the search for sustainable materials, natural polymers present an attractive alternative for many applications compared to their synthetic counterparts derived from petrochemicals. The two volume set, Natural Polymers, covers the synthesis, characterisation and applications of key natural polymeric systems including their morphology, structure, dynamics and properties. Volume one focuses on natural polymer composites, including both natural and protein fibres, and volume two on natural polymer nanocomposites. The first volume examines the characterization, life cycle assessment and new sources of natural fibres and their potential as a replacement for synthetic fibres in industrial applications. It then explores the important advancements in the field of wool, silk, spidersilk and mussel byssus fibres. The second volume looks at the properties and characterization of cellulose, chitosan, furanic, starch, wool and silk nanocomposites and the potential industrial applications of natural polymer nanocomposites. With contributions from leading researchers in natural polymers from around the globe, Natural Polymers provides a valuable reference for material scientists, polymer chemists and polymer engineers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849734585
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 09/30/2012
Series: Green Chemistry Series
Pages: 700
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 2.25(d)

About the Author

Maya Jacob John is senior researcher at Polymers and Composites Competence Area at Materials Science and Manufacturing, CSIR, South Africa. She completed her Ph.D from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Dr. John's primary research interests are in lignocellulosic fiber reinforced composites and in biocomposites. She has published more than 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, contributed more than 10 book chapters in her field of interest and is co-editor of one book. Sabu Thomas is professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He received Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a B.Tech in Polymer Science and Technology from Cochin University. Prof. Thomas has gained additional experience as a visiting professor at a number of universities around the world. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the American Chemical Society, his research has led to the publication of some 360 articles in international peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and patents. The co-editor of four books, he has been a visiting professor and lecturer at some of the world's leading polymer research laboratories.

Table of Contents

Volume 1; Natural Polymers - Morphology, structure, properties and applications; Biomimetics- Stealing ideas from nature - An Insight; New sources for natural fibres; Co-relation between structural anisotropy in natural fibres and mechanical properties in composites'; Life cycle assessment of natural fibre composites; Flame retardant characteristics of natural fibre composites; Natural fibre composites; Moisture sorption and mechanical properties of natural fibre composites; Environmentally friendly coupling agents for natural fibre composites; General techniques for interfacial characterization of natural fibre composites; Wool fibres in blends and composites; Zein proteins, composition, structure, properties and film making; Silk fibre -composites; Spider silk- Properties and Characterization; Mussel Byssus Fibres- A Tough Biopolymer; Volume 2; Nanocellulose - Potential reinforcement in composites; Chitosan nanocomposites; Textile fibres based nanocomposites; Raman spectroscopy as a tool to characterize polymer nanocomposites; Soyprotein nanocomposites; Nacre from mollusk shells; Nanocomposites from furanic derivatives; Starch based nanocomposites; Processing and Industrial applications of natural polymer nanocomposites; Protein based Polymer Nanocomposites for Regenerative Medicine;

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