Polymer Science

Biopolymers and Biomaterials
Editors: Aneesa Padinjakkara
Aparna Thankappan, PhD
Fernando Gomes Souza, Jr., PhD
Sabu Thomas, PhD

Biopolymers and Biomaterials

In production
Pub Date: April 2018
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771886154
E-Book ISBN: 9781315161983
Pages: Approx 349p w/Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 22 color and 138 b/w illustrations

Biopolymers are attracting immense attention of late because of their diverse applications that can address growing environmental concerns and energy demands. The development of various biomaterials creates significant advancements in the medical field as well, and many biopolymers are used for the fabrication of biomaterials. Together, biopolymers and biomaterials create great potential for new materials, applications, and uses.

This new volume, Biopolymers and Biomaterials, covers the science and application of biopolymers and biomaterials. It presents an array of different studies on biopolymers and biomaterials, along with their results, interpretation, and the conclusions arrived at through investigations. It includes biopolymer synthesis, their characterizations, and their potential applications.

The book begins with an explanation of the different biopolymers used in the textile industry, their advantages and disadvantages, and their applications. It goes on to cover an array of issues, including the importance of wood preservation; the development of advanced functional materials from cashew nut shell (CNSL) and CNSL matrix compositions; polyurethane synthesis from renewable resources; and recycling of textile mill (cellulosic) waste into carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC).

Additional chapters discuss bamboo/unsaturated polyester composites-based for sustainable noise control materials, properties of chemically treated Bauhinia racemosa/glass fiber polymer composites, plasma modification for low temperature dyeing of silk fabric, replacement of carbon black by rice hulls, and soy short fibers in natural rubber composites, bio-resins and bio-plastics synthesized from agricultural products for novel applications, green approach in coating industries and mechanical properties of sandwich composites made using natural fibers and glass fiber materials.

The state-of-the-art information presented here will be of interest to scientists and researchers, industry professionals, faculty and instructors, upper-level students, and others.

Key features:

  • Provides insight into the recent development in biopolymers and biomaterials
  • Presents recent research going on the field of biopolymers and biomaterials, mainly related to its synthesis, characterizations and applications.
  • Explains where we are now and we should be headed in biopolymers and biomaterials research


1. Biopolymers in the Textile Industry
Asim Kumar Roy Choudhury

2. Importance of Wood Preservation: An Indian Overview
Aparna Kalawate

3. Cashew Nut Shell Liquid-Based Advanced Functional Materials
Shabnam Khan, Laxmi, Hina Zafar, Eram Sharmin, Fahmina Zafar, and Nahid Nishat

4. Synthesis and Characterization of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Matrix Compositions for Composites Applications
A. V. Sawant, A. R. Takalkar, and K. Padmanabhan

5. Synthetic Approach for Polyurethane from Renewable Material (Cashew Nut Husk Tannin)
A. J. Sunija and S. Siva Ilango

6. Recycling of Textile Mill (Cellulosic) Waste into Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) for Textile Printing
Javed Sheikh and V. D. Gotmare

7. Sustainable Noise Control Materials Based on Bamboo/Unsaturated Polyester Composites: Analysis of Factors Affecting the Sound Absorption Coefficients
Elammaran Jayamani, Sinin Hamdan, and Muhammad Khusairy Bin Bakri

8. Morphological and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Chemically Treated Bauhinia racemosa/Glass Fiber Polymer Composites
J. Ronald Aseer, K. Sankaranarayasamy, P. Jeyabalan, and Priya K. Dasan

9. Optimization of Plasma Modification for Low-Temperature Dyeing of Silk Fabric
M. D. Teli, Pintu Pandit, and Kartick K. Samanta

10. Partial Replacement of Carbon Black by Rice Hulls and Soy Short Fibers as Fillers in Natural Rubber Composites: Effect on Mechanical Properties
Ajay Vasudeo Rane, Krishnan Kanny, V. K. Abitha, and Sabu Thomas

11. Bio-Resins and Bio-Plastics Synthesized from Agricultural Products for Novel Applications: The Indian Projection
K. Padmanabhan

12. Mechanical Properties of Sandwich Composites Made Using Natural Fibers and Glass Fiber Mat
R. Gopinath, K. Ganesan, and R. Poopathi

13. Fabrication and Characterization of Composite Membrane of Crosslinked Polyvinyl Alcohol and Hydroxyapatite for Tissue Engineering
Debapriya Banerjee, Anindya Haldar, and Piyali Basak

14. In-Situ Nanosilver Immobilized CS/OCMC Blend Dressings for Wound Management
Shakeel Ahmed and Saiqa Ikram

15. Synthesis and Characterization of Biodegradable Polyether Urethane for the Purpose of Controlled Release of Antibiotics
Anindya Haldar, Debapriya Banerjee, Nandan Kumar Jana, and Piyali Basak

16. Biodegradation Study of Polyurethane for Therapeutic Applications
Sohini Sen, Anindya Haldar, Nandan Kumar Jana, and Piyali Basak

17. Microscopy and Spectroscopy Characterization of Ecofriendly Composites and Nanocomposites
Raghvendra Kumar Mishra, V. R. Remya, Mufeeda Kandatharavintakath, Sabu Thomas, and Nandakumar Kalarikkal

18, Nanotechnology for Smart and Intelligent Food Packaging
Ajith James Jose and Muthukaruppan Alagar


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Aneesa Padinjakkara
Research Fellow, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarsini Hills Kottayam, Kerala, India

Aneesa Padinjakkara is a Research Fellow at the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. She has presented several papers at conferences focusing on advanced materials and has participated in several workshops and seminars.

Aparna Thankappan, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Aparna Thankappan, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. She has published over a dozen articles in professional journals and has presented at several conferences as well. She has co-authored several book chapters. She received her PhD in photonics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India.

Fernando Gomes Souza, Jr., PhD
Professor, IMA/UFRJ, Laboratorio de Biopolimeros e, Sensores/ LaBioS Centro de Tecnologia Cidade Universitaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernando Gomes Souza, Jr., PhD, is currently Professor at the Institute of Macromolecules Professor Eloisa Mano Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IMA/UFRJ), in the Laboratory and Biopolymers, Sensors / LIPS Technology Center University City, Brazil. He is also Professor of the Civil Engineering Program of COPPE / UFRJ and a Young Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ-2015). His expertise is mainly focused on the use of renewable resources and nanocomposites in sensors, drug delivery, and environmental recovery. Dr. Souza has coordinated 10 research projects with financial support from government-sponsoring agencies. He has published 88 scientific articles, with several accepted in press now, as well as two chemistry books in Portuguese and three biomaterials book chapters in English. He has presented almost 200 papers at conferences and scientific meetings and has translated several computer programs related to educational chemistry He received his Master’s degree in materials engineering and science from the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro (2002), his PhD in polymer science and technology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2006), and in the Chemical Engineering Program of COPPE / UFRJ.

Sabu Thomas, PhD
Director, International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Sabu Thomas, PhD, is a Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences and Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. The research activities of Professor Thomas include surfaces and interfaces in multiphase polymer blend and composite systems; phase separation in polymer blends; compatibilization of immiscible polymer blends; thermoplastic elastomers; phase transitions in polymers; nanostructured polymer blends; macro-, micro- and nanocomposites; polymer rheology; recycling; reactive extrusion; processing–morphology–property relationships in multiphase polymer systems; double networking of elastomers; natural fibers and green composites; rubber vulcanization; interpenetrating polymer networks; diffusion and transport; and polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. He has supervised 68 PhD theses, 40 MPhil theses, and 45 Masters thesis. He has three patents to his credit. He also received the coveted Sukumar Maithy Award for the best polymer researcher in the country for the year 2008. Very recently, Professor Thomas received the MRSI and CRSI medals for his excellent work. With over 600 publications to his credit and over 23683 citations, with an h-index of 75, Dr. Thomas has been ranked fifth in India as one of the most productive scientists. He received his BSc degree (1980) in Chemistry from the University of Kerala, BTech (1983) in Polymer Science and Rubber Technology from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, and PhD (1987) in Polymer Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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