Processing and Development of Polysaccharide-Based Biopolymers for Packaging Applications presents the latest cutting-edge research into the processing and utilization of bio-based polymers for packaging applications, covering materials derived from polysaccharides, polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), polybutylene and bio-polyethylene. The book also covers the principles of biopolymer plasticization, experimental and modeling techniques, the use of nanotechnology, and key advances relating to biopolymer-based packaging, including anti-microbials, anti-oxidative agents, and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).
- Introduces the principles of biopolymer plasticization and summarizes experimental and modeling techniques
- Covers a range of important bio-based polymer resources, explaining resources, availability, characterization methods, and extraction and refining techniques
- Supports the processing and development of bio-based polymers with enhanced functionality for advanced packaging applications
2. Summary of the experimental and modelling techniques used in determining properties of biopolymers
3. Characteristics of biopolymers from natural resources
4. Processes and characterization for bio-based polymers from polylactic acid (PLA)
5. Processes and characterization for bio-based polymers from Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)
6. Processes and characterization for bio-based polymers from Polybutylene succinate
7. Processes and characterization for bio-based polymers from Bio-polyethylene
8. Nano-technologies and reinforcements
11. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) development
12. Latest development of biopolymers based on polysaccharides
Food Safety Lab Manager, Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Yachuan Zhang has 10 years of research experience in bio-based polymers and has authored or co-authored approx. 40 publications.