In recent years, much attention has been focused on biodegradable polymers from renewable resources. Due to its availability and low cost, starch is a promising candidate among biopolymers for use in biodegradable packaging materials and for other purposes. Starch-Based Polymeric Materials and Nanocomposites: Chemistry, Processing, and Applications presents the latest developments in starch chemistry, rheology, starch derivatives, starch-based nanocomposites, and their applications.
Topics discussed include:
- The chemistry, microstructure, processing, and enzymatic degradation of starch
- The importance and role of starch as a gelling agent
- Plasticization and the role of plasticizers
- Various rheological techniques applied to starch-related products and the characteristics of starch dispersions
- Polymeric aspects of reactive extrusion (REX) and its use on starch and other biopolymers
- Cyclodextrins (CDs) and their industrial applications, and CD-based supramole and polymers
- The potential of starch in food packaging, edible packaging, feedstock for bioproducts, and industrial and consumer products
- The theoretical basis and derivation of the mathematical model for multicomponent systems and its solution algorithm
The book also explores recent progress in biodegradable starch-based hybrids and nanomaterials and the incorporation of nanoparticles in starches to enhance their mechanical and thermal properties. The book concludes by discussing the use of biopolymeric nanoparticles (BNPs) in drug delivery and life cycle assessment (LCA) of starch-based polymeric materials for packaging and allied applications.
With contributions from leading experts in academia and industry, this volume demonstrates the versatility of starch and its potential in a variety of applications.
Table of Contents
Introduction—Starch as Biopolymer and Nanocomposite; Jasim Ahmed, Brijesh Tiwari, Syed H. Imam, and M.A. Rao
Starch: Chemistry, Microstructure, Processing, and Enzymatic Degradation; Syed H. Imam, Delilah F. Wood, Mohamed A. Abdelwahab, Bor-Sen Chiou, Tina G. Williams, Gregory M. Glenn, and William J. Orts
Starch as Gelling Agent; Thava Vasanthan, Jihong Li, David Bressler, and Ratnajothi Hoover
Plasticized Starch; Xiaofei Ma, Peter R. Chang, and Jiugao Yu
Rheological and Thermal Properties of Starch and Starch-Based Biopolymers; M.A. Rao, Jirarat Tattiyakul, and Hung-Ju Liao
Modification of Biodegradable Polymers through Reactive Extrusion-I; I. Moura and A.V. Machado
Modification of Biodegradable Polymers through Reactive Extrusion-II; Sathya B. Kalambur
Starch-Derived Cyclodextrins and Its Future in Food Biopolymer Industry; C. González-Barreiro, R. Rial-Otero, J. Simal-Gándara, G. Astray, A. Cid, J.C. Mejuto, J.A. Manso, and J. Morales
Functional and Physicochemical Properties of Cyclodextrins; Jun Zhao and Shan-Jing Yao
Introduction of Starch into Plastic Films: Advent of Starch in Plastics; R.E. Harry-O’kuru and Sherald H. Gordon
Starch-Based Edible Films and Coatings; Mahesh Gupta, Charles Brennan, and Brijesh Tiwari
Starch as a Feedstock for Bioproducts and Packaging; Gregory M. Glenn, Syed H. Imam, William J. Orts, and Kevin Holtman
Chemometric Analysis of Multicomponent Biodegradable Plastics by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry: The R-Matrix Method; Sherald H. Gordon
Starch Polymer as Advanced Material for Industrial and Consumer Products; Randal L. Shogren
Recent Progress in Starch-Based Biodegradable Hybrids and Nanomaterials; Peter R. Chang, Xiaofei Ma, Debbie P. Anderson, and Jiugao Yu
Mechanical, Rheological, and Thermal Properties of Starch-Based Nanocomposites; Jasim Ahmed
Starch Nanocomposites and Nanoparticles: Biomedical Applications; Anitha R. Dudhani
Application of Life Cycle Assessment for Starch and Starch Blends; Ali Abas Wani and Preeti Singh
Dr. Jasim Ahmed’s research interests include food product development, food rheology and structure, novel food processing, and the thermal behavior of foods. His current focus is on bionanocomposites and application to food packaging.
Dr. Brijesh Tiwari’smain research accomplishments are in the areas of novel food processing and preservation technologies, grain processing, and mathematical modeling of food processes.
Dr. Syed H. Imamconducts research to enhance the utilization of agriculturally derived renewable polymers for nonfood applications as an alternative to petroleum chemicals and provides fundamental knowledge in the development of polymer-based materials of tailored properties.
Dr. M.A. Rao’smain research interest is in rheological properties of foods: principles, measurement, and applications.