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Biopolymers are polymers produced by living organisms. Cellulose, starch, chitin, proteins, peptides, DNA and RNA are all examples of biopolymers. This book comprehensively reviews and compiles information on biopolymers in 30 chapters. The book covers occurrence, synthesis, isolation and production, properties and applications, modification, and the relevant analysis methods to reveal the structures and properties of some biopolymers. This book will hopefully be of help to many scientists, physicians, pharmacists, engineers and other experts in a variety of disciplines, both academic and industrial. It may not only support research and development, but be suitable for teaching as well.

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BiopolymersEdited by Magdy Elnashar

Published: September 28th 2010

DOI: 10.5772/286

ISBN: 978-953-307-109-1

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4544-8

Copyright year: 2010

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169334 Total Chapter Downloads

92 Crossref Citations

240 Web of Science Citations

218 Dimensions Citations


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1. Low-Cost Foods and Drugs Using Immobilized Enzymes on Biopolymers

By Magdy Elnashar


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2. Biomedical-Grade Chitosan in Wound Management and Its Biocompatibility In Vitro

By Ahmad Sukari Halim and Chin Keong Lim


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3. Biopolymer-based Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Systems for Functional Finishing of Textiles

By Dragan Jocic, Audrey Tourrette and Pavla Krizman Lavric


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4. Production of Biopolymer Composites by Particle Bonding

By Sanghoon Kim


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5. Life Span of Biopolymer Sequestering Agents for Contaminant Removal and Erosion Resistance

By A.S. Knox, I.G. Petrisor, C.E. Turick, J. Roberts, M.H. Paller, D.D. Reible and C.R. Forrest


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6. Microfoams of Biopolymers by Laser-Induced Stretching: Mechanisms and Applications

By Sylvain Lazare


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7. Production of Fungal Chitosan by Enzymatic Method and Applications in Plant Tissue Culture and Tissue Engineering: 11 Years of Our Progress, Present Situation and Future Prospects

By Nitar Nwe, Tetsuya Furuike and Hiroshi Tamura


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8. Chitin Based Biocomposites for Removal of Contaminants from Water: a Case Study of Fluoride Adsorption

By Jose Rene Rangel-Mendez, Vladimir Alonso Escobar Barrios and Jose Luis Davila-Rodriguez


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9. Cellulose Fibres Funcionalised by Chitosan: Characterization and Application

By Simona Strnad, Olivera Sauperl and Lidija Fras-Zemljic


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10. Chitosan Based Membranes for Separation, Pervaporation and Fuel Cell Applications: Recent Developments

By Tina Chakrabarty, Mahendra Kumar and Vinod K. Shahi


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11. Fabrication of HA/PLLA Composite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering Using Additive Manufacturing Technologies

By Fernando Cruz


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12. PEGylation and BioPEGylation of Polyhydroxyalkanoates: Synthesis, Characterisation and Applications

By Leslie John Ray Foster


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13. Lubrication and Adhesion by Charged Biopolymers for Biomedical Applications

By Roberto Andresen Eguiluz, Rebecca Schur and Delphine Gourdon


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14. The Role of Biofilm Exopolysaccharides on Biocontrol of Plant Diseases

By Wafaa Haggag


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15. Bacterial Type II PMIs: Exploitable Bifunctional Enzymes for Biotechnological Applications and the Rational Design of Antimicrobials

By Sílvia Sousa, Christian Ramos, Joana Feliciano and Jorge Leitão


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16. Thermal Degradation of Lignocellulosic Fuels: Biopolymers Contribution

By Valérie Leroy, Eric Leoni and Dominique Cancellieri


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17. Functional Properties of Some Non-Conventional Treated Starches

By Monica Nemtanu and Mirela Brasoveanu


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18. Bacterial Cellulose-based Biomimetic Composites

By Thi Thi Nge, Junji Sugiyama and Vincent Bulone


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19. Precise Depolymerization of Poly(3-hydoxybutyrate) by Pyrolysis

By Haruo Nishida, Hidayah Ariffin, Yoshihito Shirai and Mohd Hassan


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20. Biotechnological Production and Application of Hyaluronan

By Chiara Schiraldi, Annalisa La Gatta and Mario De Rosa


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21. Biopolymers by Azotobacter Vinelandii

By Adriana Navarro da Silva and Crispin Humberto Garcia-Cruz


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22. Biopolymer Surfactant Interactions

By Lisa Sreejith, S.M. Nair and Jinu George


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23. Properties and Function of Pyomelanin

By C.E. Turick, A.S. Knox, J.M. Becnel, A.A. Ekechukwu and C.E. Milliken


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24. Microbial Biopolimerization Production from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME)

By Zaini Ujang, Salmiati Salmiati and Mohd Razman Salim


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25. Calculation of Relaxation Spectra from Stress Relaxation Measurements

By Vassilis Kontogiorgos


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26. Fluctuations of Stiff Polymers and Cell Mechanics

By Jens Glaser and Klaus Kroy


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27. Detect Structure Features of Asymmetric and Symmetric CH2 and CH3 Functional Groups and Their Ratio of Biopolymers within Intact Tissue in Complex Plant System Using Synchrotron FTIRM and DRIFT Molecular Spectroscopy

By Peiqiang Yu


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28. Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (PIMs) in Biomedical Applications

By Francesco Puoci, Giuseppe Cirillo, Manuela Curcio, Francesca Iemma, Ortensia Ilaria Parisi, Umile Gianfranco Spizzirri and Nevio Picci


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29. Retracted: Hydrogels as Potential Nano-Scale Drug Delivery Systems

By Mohammad Reza Saboktakin


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30. Biopolymers for Military Use: Opportunities and Environment Implications - a Review

By Teodora Zecheru


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