Biodegradable Polymers : Value Chain in the Circular Economy book cover
1st Edition

Biodegradable Polymers
Value Chain in the Circular Economy

Edited By

Joanna Rydz

  • Available for pre-order on June 26, 2023. Item will ship after July 17, 2023
ISBN 9780367370671
July 17, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
288 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Studying (bio)degradable polymers value chain can help understand the importance of these to the environment and human health. This book provide an overview of the biodegradable polymer along the value chain, identify and analyse existing practices for biodegradable plastics, assess the relevant legal, regulatory, economic and practical reasons for the importance of proper use and proper recycling of biodegradable plastics. It covers related materials development, environmental impacts, their synthesis by traditional and biotechnological routes, policy and certification, manufacturing processes, (bio)degradable polymer properties and so forth.


  • Gives out clear idea to present the state of the art and future trends in the research of the biodegradable polymers in the context of circular economy.
  • Describes entire value chain and life cycle of biopolymers are covered, considering different types of polymers.
  • Clarifies the life safety of (bio)degradable polymeric materials.
  • Presents novel opportunities and ideas for developing or improving technologies.
  • Determines the course of degradation during prediction study.

This book is aimed at researchers, graduate students, and professionals in polymer processing industry (petrochemical polymer industry, industry producing biobased and biodegradable polymers), food packaging industry, industry involved in waste management, pharma industry, chemical engineering, product engineering and biotechnology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Recent advances in the synthesis of (bio)degradable polymers by traditional technologies and by biotechnological routes
Wanda Sikorska

Chapter 2. Wanda Sikorska, Degradation principle and regulations
Wanda Sikorska and Marta Musioł

Chapter 3. Manufacturing processes of (bio)degradable polymers
Khadar Duale

Chapter 4. Comprehensive characterisation of complex polymer systems
Khadar Duale

Chapter 5. Current trends in the area of blends and composites
Marta Musioł

Chapter 6. New research strategy in forecasting directions of (bio)degradable polyester applications
Joanna Rydz

Chapter 7. (Bio)degradable polymers of biological and biomedical interest
Barbara Zawidlak-Węgrzyńska

Chapter 8. (Bio)degradable polymers in everyday life
Barbara Zawidlak-Węgrzyńska

Chapter 9. Principles concerning sustainability  Present and future of (bio)degradable polymers  Final conclusions
Joanna Rydz

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Joanna Rydz was graduated from the University of Opole in Jul 1992, receiving a master's degree in chemistry with a specialty in agrobiochemistry from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and choosing the subject of her thesis in microbiology. In Oct 2005, she obtained a PhD in chemistry from the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (dissertation title: Model structures of biodegradable aliphatic polyesters). Since Nov 1995, she has been working at the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials Polish Academy of Science (CMPW PAN) in Zabrze. She is a co-author of numerous chapters in scientific monographs of top-notch international publishers, publications in peer-reviewed journals registered in the Web of Science and SCOPUS databases. Her scientific interests concern environmentally friendly (bio)degradable polymers produced from renewable resources, which are currently among the most promising polymers for sustainable development with the possible use in agriculture, medicine and particularly in the packaging technologies.