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Biobased Polymers and Composites

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am pleased to announce that my book "Bio-Based Polymers and Composites"
co-authored with Dr. Wool has been recently published by Elsevier
Academic Press.

Below is the Amazon Review comments, the book received a five star score
from this review.

"Amazon Review Comment"

This is quite possibly the best-written technical book that I have ever
read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in
"sustainability" issues or use of renewable materials. This book
describes the growing use of plant-based chemical feed-stocks and
materials although there is also a chapter on the use of feather
(chicken, turkey etc) reinforcement. The authors selected the material
very nicely so that the subjects covered have a nice flow. Topics move
from industrial-type separations processes to chemical modifications of
oils, to blending materials to get desired properties, through to
manufacturing and current products. There is also discussion and data
comparing materials properties based on source and processing.
Throughout the book never loses its "readability" or interest. I
started the book with a lot of interest in the subject and finished it
with even more interest in the subject, and that does not always happen.
I have read other books in subjects that are of interest to me and yet
lost interest in the book itself and thereafter used the book merely as
a reference source. This book is one I quickly decided I would read
from cover to cover. It does assume basic familiarity with chemical
terminology and some technical background but I think anyone with a
bachelor level background in chemistry or chemical engineering or some
materials-related field will have no difficulty with the treatment of
the subject matter. Modern industry is highly dependent on
non-renewable resources, and the polymer industry specifically is
largely dependent on petroleum-based feedstocks. I think every
materials educator, researcher, formulator or manufacturer should start
learning about bio-based materials since they are
certain to become increasingly important to our economy, and I think
this book is not only the first to deal with the subject, but even as
other books become available, I believe this will remain the best for
quite some time.

Follow this link : http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookaudience.cws_home/705524/description to learn more about this book.