Poly by Rafael A. Auras
(lactic acid): Synthesis, Structures, Properties, Processing, and Applications (Wiley Series on mer Engineering and Technology)

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This book describes the synthesis, properties, and processing methods of poly(lactic acid) (PLA), an important family of degradable plastics. As the need for environmentally-friendly packaging materials increases, consumers and companies are in search for new materials that are largely produced from renewable resources, and are recyclable. To that end, an overall theme of the book is the biodegradability, recycling, and sustainability benefits of PLA. The chapters, from a base of international expert contributors, describe specific processing methods, spectroscopy techniques for PLA analysis, and and applications in medical items, packaging, and environmental use.

About Rafael A. Auras

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Rafael Auras is an Assistant Professor in the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. He has authored or coauthored more than sixty publications. His research areas include mass transfer in polymers, biodegradable and compostable polymers, life cycle assessment, packaging waste, and sustainable packaging systems. Loong-Tak Lim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph. Dr. Lim is author and coauthor of more than twenty journal articles, a holder of three patents, and has given twenty-one conference presentations.Susan Selke is Professor and Associate Director in the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Her research activities and interests include life-cycle analysis, biodegradable and biobased plastics, plastics composites, active packaging, microcellular foaming of plastics, plastics recycling, and related areas. She has authored or coauthored more than 170 publications, including nine books.Hideto Tsuji is a Professor in the Department of Ecological Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology. He has authored or coauthored more than a hundred academic papers, has edited three books, and holds twelve patents.
Published May 9, 2011 by Wiley. 528 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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