Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new book "Poly(lactic acid): Synthesis, Structures, Properties, Processing, and Applications" to their offering.
This book describes the synthesis, properties, and processing methods of poly(lactic acid) (PLA), an important family of degradable plastics. As the need for environmentally-friendly packaging materials increases, consumers and companies are in search for new materials that are largely produced from renewable resources, and are recyclable. To that end, an overall theme of the book is the biodegradability, recycling, and sustainability benefits of PLA. The chapters, from a base of international expert contributors, describe specific processing methods, spectroscopy techniques for PLA analysis, and applications in medical items, packaging, and environmental use.
Key Topics Covered:
PART I- CHEMISTRY AND PRODUCTION OF LACTIC ACID, LACTIDE AND POLY(LACTIC ACID).
Chapter 1. Production and Purification of Lactic Acid and Lactide.
Chapter 2. Chemistry and Thermodynamic Properties of Lactic acid and Lactide and Solvent Miscibility.
Chapter 3. Industrial Production of High Molecular Weight Poly(lactic acid).
Chapter 4. Design and Synthesis of Different types of poly(lactic acid).
Chapter 5. Structure and Properties of Stereocomplex-type Poly(lactic acid).
PART II. PROPERTIES OF POLY(LACTIC ACID).
Chapter 6. Chemical Structure of Poly(lactic acid).
Chapter 7. Chemical Compatibility of Poly(lactic acid) A Practical Framework using Hansen Solubility Parameters.
Chapter 8. Optical Properties.
Chapter 9. Crystallization and Thermal Properties.
Chapter 10. Rheology of Poly(lactic acid).
Chapter 11. Mechanical Properties.
Chapter 12. Permeation, Sorption, and Diffusion in Poly(lactic acid).
Chapter 13. Migration.
PART III. PROCESSING AND CONVERSION OF POLY(LACTIC ACID).
Chapter 14. Properties of Poly(lactic acid).
Chapter 15. Poly(lactic acid)/Starch Blends.
Chapter 16. Poly(lactic acid) Blends.
Chapter 17. Foaming.
Chapter 18. Composites.
Chapter 19. Nanocomposites.
Chapter 20. Spinning of Poly(lactic acid) Fibers.
PART IV. DEGRADATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.
Chapter 21. Hydrolytic Degradation.
Chapter 22. Enzymatic Degradation.
Chapter 23. Thermal Degradation.
Chapter 24. Photodegradation and Radiation Degradation.
Chapter 25. Biodegradation.
Chapter 26. Cradle to Gate Environmental Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment of Poly(lactic acid).
PART V. APPLICATIONS.
Chapter 27. Medical Applications.
Chapter 28. Packaging and Other Commercial Applications.
Chapter 29. Textile Industry Applications.
Chapter 30. Environmental Applications.