Synopses & Reviews
Environmentally compatible polymers (green polymers) are the key to sustainable developments for our rich and convenient life. In order to develop green polymers, it is essential to understand that nature constructs a variety of materials that can be used. Plant materials such as cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin are the largest organic resources. Thermal Properties of Green Polymers and Biocomposites is unique in that it introduces thermal analysis applicable to green polymers and provides fundamental thermal properties of cellulose, polysaccharides and lignin. The book includes over 370 figures concerning thermal properties of green polymers with detailed experimental conditions. It also introduces newly patented environmentally compatible green polymers. Thermal properties provided include: thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermomechanometry (TMA) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). This book covers two domains: -Fundamentals of thermal properties of cellulose, polysaccharides and lignin (Chapters 3 to 5); -Developments of new biocompatible polymers derived from plant materials (Chapters 6 to 8). This book is aimed at advanced users and specialists who are interested in green polymers and who utilize thermal analyses for the above polymers, especially in research laboratories, both academic and industrial.
From the reviews: "...This very well written new book is recommended to academic and industrial researchers and specialists interested in green polymers and mainly in their thermal properties...This new and opportune book covers some important properties of green polymers and bio-composites." (D. Feldman, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
Table of Contents
* Preface. * List of Abbreviations. *1: Introduction. 1. Overview of green polymers. 2. Morphology in the molecular level. 3. Structure and properties. 4. Scope. *2: Characterization of Green Polymers. 1. Thermal Analysis. 2. Other Characterization Methods. *3: Cellulose and its Derivatives. 1. Introduction. 2. Thermal properties of cellulose in dry state. 3. Cellulose-water interaction. 4. Liquid crystals and complexes. 5. Hydrogels. 6. Thermal decomposition. *4: Polysaccharides from Plants. 1. Gelation. 2. Glass transition and liquid crystal transition. *5: Lignin. 1. Introduction. 2. Glass transition of lignin in solid state. 3. Heat capacity and enthalpy relaxation of lignin. 4. Molecular relaxation. 5. Lignin-water interaction. 6. Thermal decomposition. *6: PCL Derivatives from Saccharides, Cellulose and Lignin. 1. Polycaprolactone derivatives from saccharides and cellulose. 2. Polycaprolactone derivatives from lignin. *7: Environmentally Compatible Polyurethanes Derived from Saccharides, Polysaccharids and Lignin. 1. Polyurethane derivatives from saccharides. 2. Polyurethanes derived from lignin. 3. Saccharides- and lignin-based hybrid polyurethane foams. *8: Bio- and Geocomposites Containing Plant Materials. 1. Biocomposites containing cellulose powder and wood meal. 2. Biocomposites containing coffee grounds. 3. Geocomposite. * Subject Index.