© 1991

Biotechnology and Polymers

  • Charles G. Gebelein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Novel Biotechnology-Derived Polymers

    1. Charles G. Gebelein
      Pages 1-9
    2. Kiichi Takemoto, Takehiko Wada, Eiko Mochizuki, Yoshiaki Inaki
      Pages 31-45
    3. R. H. Marchessault, C. J. Monasterios
      Pages 47-52
    4. P. Dave, R. A. Gross, C. Brucato, S. Wong, S. P. McCarthy
      Pages 53-61
    5. Steven A. Giannos, Devang Shah, Richard A. Gross, David Kaplan, Jean M. Mayer
      Pages 69-77
    6. Stoil Dirlikov, Isabelle Frischinger, M. Safiqul Islam, T. J. Lepkowski
      Pages 79-93
    7. L. H. Sperling, C. E. Carraher, S. P. Qureshi, J. A. Manson, L. W. Barrett
      Pages 95-109
    8. Charles E. Carraher Jr., Dorothy C. Sterling, Thomas H. Ridgway, J. William Louda
      Pages 111-118
  3. Polysaccharide Based Systems

    1. J. F. Kennedy, V. M. Cabalda, K. Jumel, E. H. Melo
      Pages 119-133
    2. Robert J. Linhardt, Ali Al-Hakim, Jian Liu
      Pages 155-165
    3. Shigehiro Hirano, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Nobuaki Fukui, Mamoru Iwata
      Pages 181-188
    4. Yasuo Kikuchi, Naoji Kubota
      Pages 189-213
    5. Toshihiro Seo, Toshiro Iijima
      Pages 215-227
  4. Protein and Enzyme Based Systems

    1. Leszek M. Rzepecki, J. Herbert Waite
      Pages 229-243

About this book


The term biotechnology has emerged on the contemporary scene fairly recently, but the basic concept of utilizing natural materials, either directly or in modified versions, dates back to antiquity. If we search the ancient literature, such as the Bible, we find hundreds of examples wherein people employed, or modified, natural materials for a variety of important uses. As far back as the days of Noah we find pitch, a natural material, being used as a caulk. Clothing was made from animal skins and the products of several plants. Today, we would consider these things as important biotechnological developments. Likewise, the human use of polymeric materials also has a long his­ tory. In fact, many of the original materials used by mankind were poly­ mers derived from nature, such as wood, flax, cotton, wool and animal skins, which were used for shelter and clothing. In recent years, however, the concept of biotechnology has taken on a new and renewed role in our society. This is due to a combination of factors, including an increased interest in environmental concerns and the desire to break free from the stranglehold that petrochemicals have placed on our society. If we can manufacture some of our polymers from renewable resources, then we can expect to prepare them for many more years into the future than we might if we could only depend on the petro­ chemical resources.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles G. Gebelein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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