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Employing biodegradable polymers to create nanocomposites addresses many current environmental concerns, such as waste-disposal problems associated with traditional plastics and the potential to cut carbon emissions and reduce CO 2 quantities. Featuring state-of-the-art techniques and current developments in the field, Biopolymer Nanocomposites describes the preparation, properties, modification, and application of three popular renewable resources: chitin, starch, and cellulose. The unique, easy-to-follow approach of this timely, practical reference on biopolymer nanocomposites helps industrial practitioners, researchers, and scientists better understand properties and synthesis of biopolymer materials and nanocomposites.
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Foreword vii Contributors ix 1. Bionanocomposites: State of the Art, Challenges, and Opportunities 1 Alain Dufresne, Sabu Thomas, and Laly A. Pothan 2. Preparation of Chitin Nanofi bers and Their Composites 11 Shinsuke Ifuku, Zameer Shervani, and Hiroyuki Saimoto 3. Chemical Modifi cation of Chitosan and Its Biomedical Application 33 Deepa Thomas and Sabu Thomas 4. Biomimetic Lessons for Processing Chitin-Based Composites 53 Otto C. Wilson, Jr. and Tiffany Omokanwaye 5. Morphological and Thermal Investigations of Chitin-Based Nanocomposites 83 Ming Zeng, Liyuan Lu, and Qingyu Xu 6. Mechanical Properties of Chitin-Based Nanocomposites 111 Merin Sara Thomas, Laly A. Pothan, and Sabu Thomas 7. Preparation and Applications of Chitin Nanofi bers/Nanowhiskers 131 Jun-Ichi Kadokawa 8. Preparation of Starch Nanoparticles 153 Deborah Le Corre and Alain Dufresne 9. Chemical Modifi cation of Starch Nanoparticles 181 Jin Huang, Qing Huang, Peter R. Chang, and Jiahui Yu 10. Starch-Based Bionanocomposite: Processing Techniques 203 Rekha Rose Koshy, Laly A. Pothan, and Sabu Thomas 11. Morphological and Thermal Investigations of Starch-Based Nanocomposites 227 Peter R. Chang, Jin Huang, Qing Huang, and Debbie P. Anderson 12. Mechanical Properties of Starch-Based Nanocomposites 261 Helene Angellier-Coussy and Alain Dufresne 13. Applications of Starch Nanoparticles and Starch-Based Bionanocomposites 293 Siji K. Mary, Laly A. Pothan, and Sabu Thomas 14. Preparation of Nanofi brillated Cellulose and Cellulose Whiskers 309 David Plackett and Marco Iotti 15. Bacterial Cellulose 339 Eliane Trovatti 16. Chemical Modifi cation of Nanocelluloses 367 Youssef Habibi 17. Cellulose-Based Nanocomposites: Processing Techniques 391 Robert A. Shanks 18. Morphological and Thermal Investigations of Cellulosic Bionanocomposites 411 Anayancy Osorio-Madrazo and Marie-Pierre Laborie 19. Mechanical Properties of Cellulose-Based Bionanocomposites 437 B. Deepa, Saumya S. Pillai, Laly A. Pothan, and Sabu Thomas 20. Review of Nanocellulosic Products and Their Applications 461 Joe Aspler, Jean Bouchard, Wadood Hamad, Richard Berry, Stephanie Beck, Francois Drolet, and Xuejun Zou 21. Spectroscopic Characterization of Renewable Nanoparticles and Their Composites 509 Mirta I. Aranguren, Mirna A. Mosiewicki, and Norma E. Marcovich 22. Barrier Properties of Renewable Nanomaterials 541 Vikas Mittal 23. Biocomposites and Nanocomposites Containing Lignin 565 Cornelia Vasile and Georgeta Cazacu 24. Preparation, Processing and Applications of Protein Nanofi bers 599 Megan Garvey, Madhusudan Vasudevamurthy, Shiva P. Rao, Heath Ecroyd, Juliet A. Gerrard, and John A. Carver 25. Protein-Based Nanocomposites for Food Packaging 613 Helene Angellier-Coussy, Pascale Chalier, Emmanuelle Gastaldi, Valerie Guillard, Carole Guillaume, Nathalie Gontard, and Stephane Peyron Index 655

About the Author

ALAIN DUFRESNE, PhD, is Professor and Head of theConverting-Biomaterials-Packaging Group in the International Schoolof Paper, Print Media and Biomaterials at Grenoble Institute ofTechnology. His research focuses on nanocomposite materials and theprocessing of heterogeneous polymer systems. SABU THOMAS, PhD, is Professor of Polymer Science andEngineering and Director of the Centre for Nanoscience andNanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University. His research hasresulted in the publication of almost 600 papers in peer-reviewedjournals. LALY A. POTHAN, PhD, is Head of the Department ofChemistry at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara. Her researchexamines natural fiber polymer composites and greennanocomposites.

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Not intended to be an introductory text, this book can help the researcher that intend to understand the current horizons and challenges in an area that is undoubtedly important to help the society to turn sustainability a reality and not only a jargon. (Materials Views, 20 January 2014)

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