New book discusses soy-based bioplastics

Soy and its coproducts are rapidly emerging as one of the most prominent sustainable plastics of the 21st century, says a new book published by Smithers Rapra (Shawbury, Shropshire, UK). Soy-Based Bioplastics relates that the relative abundance of soy, its functional and thermoplastic properties, low cost, and biodegradable characteristics have made it a material of great interest for widespread use in the plastics and composites industry.

Soy and its coproducts are rapidly emerging as one of the most prominent sustainable plastics of the 21st century, says a new book published by Smithers Rapra (Shawbury, Shropshire, UK). Soy-Based Bioplastics relates that the relative abundance of soy, its functional and thermoplastic properties, low cost, and biodegradable characteristics have made it a material of great interest for widespread use in the plastics and composites industry. The book summarizes the recent technical research in the area of soy-based bioplastics, presenting recent advances in the processing and applications of soy-based biopolymers, recent theoretical advances and experimental results, and new avenues for researchers as well as readers working in the field of plastics and sustainable materials. Specifically, topics covered include: structural analysis of soy-based materials; soy/biopolymer blends; films, fibers, foams, and composites; and different advanced applications. Contributions from leading experts in the bioplastics research area are included. The book is available from www.polymer-books.com, or from Publications Sales, Smithers Rapra, Tel: +44 (0)1939 250383, Fax: +44 (0)1939 251118; Email: PSales@smithers.com.