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Surface Modification of Biopolymers

Vijay Kumar Thakur (Editor), Amar Singh Singha (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-04491-8 May 2015 448 Pages


This book addresses surface modification techniques, which are critical for tailoring and broadening the applications of naturally occurring biopolymers. Biopolymers represent a sustainable solution to the need for new materials in the auto, waste removal, biomedical device, building material, defense, and paper industries.


  • First comprehensive summary of biopolymer modification methods to enhance compatibility, flexibility, enhanced physicochemical properties, thermal stability, impact response, and rigidity, among others
  • Address of a green, eco-friendly materials that is increasing in use, underscoring the roles of material scientists in the future of new "green" bioolymer material use
  • Coverage applications in automotive development, hazardous waste removal, biomedical engineering, pulp and paper industries, development of new building materials, and defense-related technologies
  • Facilitation of technology transfer

List of Contributors vii

Preface xi

1 Surface Modification of Biopolymers: An Overview 1
Manju Kumari Thakur, Ashvinder Kumar Rana, Yang Liping, Amar Singh Singha, and Vijay Kumar Thakur

2 Surface Modification of Chitosan and its Implications in Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery 20
Dilip Depan and Raj Pal Singh

3 Microwave‐Irradiated Synthesis of Agar‐Based Graft Copolymers: Analytical Evidences, Biomedical and Environmental Applications 45
Sumit Mishra, Gautam Sen, and G. Usha Rani

4 Adaptation of Biopolymers to Specific Applications 84
Cecilia I. Alvarez Igarzabal, Marisa Martinelli,Verónica Brunetti, and Miriam C. Strumia

5 Modifications of Lignocellulose Fibers and its Application in Adsorption of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Solution 113
Vicente de Oliveira Sousa Neto, Francisco Cláudio de Freitas Barros, Diego de Quadros Melo, Paulo de Tarso C. Freire, Marcos Antônio Araujo‐Silva, and Ronaldo Ferreira do Nascimento

6 Tailoring Surface Properties of Degradable Poly(3‐Hydroxyalkanoates) for Biological Applications 150
Estelle Renard, Davy‐Louis Versace, Julien Babinot, and Valerie Langlois

7 Physically and Chemically Modified Starches in Food and Non‐Food Industries 173
Małgorzata Kapelko‐Żeberska, Tomasz Zięba, and Akhilesh Vikram Singh

8 Polymer Modifications and Recent Technological Advances toward Live Cell Encapsulation and Delivery 194
Paulomi Ghosh, Kausik Kapat, and Santanu Dhara

9 Surface Modification of Natural Fibers for Reinforcement in Polymeric Composites 224
Na Lu, Shubhashini Oza, and Morteza Ghaempanah Tajabadi

10 Surface Electroconductive Modification of Biopolymers 238
Hamidreza Barghi and Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

11 Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals for Nanocomposites 258
Jin Huang,, Youli Chen, and Peter R. Chang,

12 Biopolymer‐Based Stimuli‐Sensitive Functionalized Graft Copolymers as Controlled Drug Delivery Systems 291
T.S. Anirudhan and S.R. Rejeena

13 Nucleophile‐Induced Shift of Surface Plasmon Resonance and its Implication in Chemistry 335
Anindita Roy and Tarasankar Pal

14 Surface Modification of Natural Fiber Composites and their Potential Applications 370
Moshibudi C. Khoathane, Emmanuel R. Sadiku, Chinenyeze S. Agwuncha

15 Effect of Surface Modification of Natural Cellulosic Fibers on the Dielectric and Mechanical Properties of Polymer Composites 401
Ashvinder Kumar Rana, Amar Singh Singha, Manju Kumari Thakur, and Vijay Kumar Thakur

Index 419