Smithers Rapra releases new book

Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers, 2nd Edition, is a complete guide to biodegradable polymers.

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Smithers Rapra Publishing (Shrewsbury, Shropshire, U.K.) has announced the release of Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers, 2nd Edition. This book is a complete guide to the subject of biodegradable polymers and is ideal for those new to the subject or those wanting to supplement their existing knowledge.

This handbook covers the mechanisms of degradation in various environments, by both biological and nonbiological means, and the methods for measuring biodegradation. It also provides a discussion of international and national standards and certification procedures developed to ensure accurate communication of a material’s biodegradability between producers, authorities and consumers.

This updated edition of the handbook goes on to consider the characteristics, processability and application areas of biodegradable polymers, with key polymer family groups discussed (polyhydroxyalkanoates, starch, lactic acid-based polymers, aliphatic-aromatic polyesters and protein-based materials), to explore the role of biodegradable polymers in different waste management practices including anaerobic digestion, and to consider topics such as the different types of biorefineries for renewable monomers used in producing the building blocks for biodegradable polymers.

Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers, 2nd Edition is available from, or from Publications Sales, Smithers Rapra, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4NR, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 (0)1939 250383, Fax: +44 (0)1939 251118. Email is

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