Materials Science » Polymers

Products and Applications of Biopolymers

Edited by Casparus Johannes Reinhard Verbeek, ISBN 978-953-51-0226-7, 232 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published March 07, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1802

It is interesting to consider that biopolymers are by no means new to this world. It is only because of our fascination with petrochemical products that these wonderful materials have been neglected for so long. Today we face a different challenge. Environmental pressure is pushing away from synthetic or petro-chemically derived products, while economic factors are pulling back from often more expensive "green" options. This book presents two aspects of biopolymers; potential products and some applications of biopolymers covering the current relevance of biopolymers.

Dr. Casparus Verbeek

University of Waikato, New Zealand

Dr Verbeek obtained his PhD in Engineering and is currently a Senior Lecturer and the convener of the Chemical & Biological Engineering program at the University of Waikato. He has also won and been nominated for various awards, such as the Bayer Innovators Award in the Agriculture & Environment category. His research into the use of bloodmeal to make bioplastics has been picked up as a commercial business opportunity material can be used in agricultural-type applications such as seedling trays, biodegradable plant pots, pegs and vine clips. He has published several papers on protein plastics and polymer composites and his recent paper on protein extrusion was one of the most downloaded papers in the journal Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.

Experience

Education

  • 1999 – 2002

    Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria

    Chemical Engineering

Edited Books

  • Products and Applications of Biopolymers

    It is interesting to consider that biopolymers are by no means new to this world. It is only because of our fascination with petrochemical products that these wonderful materials have been neglected for so long. Today we face a different challenge. Environmental pressure is pushing away from synthetic or petro-chemically derived products, while economic factors are pulling back from often more expensive "green" options. This book presents two aspects of biopolymers; potential products and some applications of biopolymers covering the current relevance of biopolymers.