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Plastics from Bacteria

Natural Functions and Applications

  • George Guo-Qiang Chen

Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Susana Castro-Sowinski, Saul Burdman, Ofra Matan, Yaacov Okon
    Pages 39-61
  3. Yu Kyung Jung, Sang Yup Lee, Tran Thanh Tam
    Pages 63-84
  4. Martin Koller, Aid Atlić, Miguel Dias, Angelika Reiterer, Gerhart Braunegg
    Pages 85-119
  5. Guo-Qiang Chen
    Pages 121-132
  6. Elías R. Olivera, Mario Arcos, Germán Naharro, José M. Luengo
    Pages 133-186
  7. Yves Poirier, Stevens M. Brumbley
    Pages 187-211
  8. Isao Noda, S. Blake Lindsey, Daniel Caraway
    Pages 237-255
  9. Tadahisa Iwata, Toshihisa Tanaka
    Pages 257-282
  10. Philippe Guérin, Estelle Renard, Valérie Langlois
    Pages 283-321
  11. K. Jim Jem, Johan F. van der Pol, Sicco de Vos
    Pages 323-346
  12. Hongjuan Liu, Xianjin Ou, Sheng Zhou, Dehua Liu
    Pages 405-425
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 447-450

About this book


Due to the possibility that petroleum supplies will be exhausted in the next decades to come, more and more attention has been paid to the production of bacterial pl- tics including polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polylactic acid (PLA), poly(butylene succinate) (PBS), biopolyethylene (PE), poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT), and poly(p-phenylene) (PPP). These are well-studied polymers containing at least one monomer synthesized via bacterial transformation. Among them, PHA, PLA and PBS are well known for their biodegradability, whereas PE, PTT and PPP are probably less biodegradable or are less studied in terms of their biodegradability. Over the past years, their properties and appli- tions have been studied in detail and products have been developed. Physical and chemical modifications to reduce their cost or to improve their properties have been conducted. PHA is the only biopolyester family completely synthesized by biological means. They have been investigated by microbiologists, molecular biologists, b- chemists, chemical engineers, chemists, polymer experts, and medical researchers for many years. PHA applications as bioplastics, fine chemicals, implant biomate- als, medicines, and biofuels have been developed. Companies have been est- lished for or involved in PHA related R&D as well as large scale production. It has become clear that PHA and its related technologies form an industrial value chain in fermentation, materials, feeds, and energy to medical fields.


Biodegradability Biofuels Bioplastics Polybutylene succinate Polyhydroxyalkanoates Polylactic acid bacteria biofuel polymer

Editors and affiliations

  • George Guo-Qiang Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Biological SciencesTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina, People's Republic

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From the reviews:

“The editor and the authors have produced an excellent up-to date compendium on biopolymers that will undoubtedly attract a large audience. This excellent text book will be extremely useful for students, young and senior researchers in the field of life sciences … . useful reference for scientists of all branches of microbiological sciences … . It should be on the shelves of all libraries at universities, research institutes and biotechnological companies and is further strongly recommended to all those who are interested in life science.” (Uta Breuer, Biotechnology Journal, Vol. 5, 2010)