Eco-friendly Functional Polymers

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Manuel Palencia is chemist of Universidad de Córdoba (Montería - Colombia) and Doctor in Science of Universidad de Concepción (Concepción - Chile). At present, He is a professor with the Department of Chemistry at the Universidad del Valle (Cali - Colombia) and Director of the Research Group in Science with Technological Applications (GI-CAT).

He is co-author of two invention patents, three book chapters, and several research articles in the fields of polymers, nanotechnology, agricultural and environmental sciences and membrane systems, including aspects of analytical sciences and chemical-physics description of biosystems, macromolecules and hybrid materials for numerous applications. He has been invited speaker in several specialized events. In particular, he was one of the top 5 finalists for the 2018 Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge with his project Biomass-plastic: Eco-friendly structural materials, and his project was chose to receive support for development and implementation from the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ICS3)


There is a growing demand for strategies to address the impact of polymers and plastics in ecosystems. The principles of green chemistry offer a good source of such strategies. Ecofriendly Functional Polymers: An Approach from Application-Targeted Green Chemistry provides a holistic overview of polymer chemistry, development, and applications in the context of these sustainability-driven principles. It encourages researchers to consider the principles of green chemistry, environmental impacts, and end-user needs as integral aspects for consideration at the earliest stages of any design process, and draws together key aspects of polymer chemistry, organic synthesis, experimental design, and applications in a single volume.

Beginning with an authoritative guide to fundamental polymer chemistry and its impact in the current environmental context, the book then discusses a range of key theoretical and experimental aspects of designing eco-friendly functional polymers. Applications of ecofriendly functional polymers across an entire range of fields are discussed, and a selection of case studies highlights the implementation of theoretical and experimental information to address a broad selection of issues.


Section 1. Polymer fundamentals and its connecting with current environmental context 1. Polymer chemistry: principles of polymer synthetic chemistry 2. Recyclable polymer chemistry: Structural and physicochemical aspects 3. Biodegradable polymer chemistry: Structural and physicochemical aspects 4. Biopolymers and bioplastics

Section 2. Experimental aspects in the design of eco-friendly functional polymers 5. Biosynthesis and polymer biotransformations 6. Composites and nanocomposites 7. Eco-friendly supramolecular systems: Polymer geo- and biomimicry 8. Hydrogels 9. Chemical transformations based on click chemistry

Section 3. Applications of eco-friendly functional polymers 10. Functional and eco-friendly polymers in agriculture 11. Functional and eco-friendly polymers in environmental science 12. Functional and eco-friendly polymers in food chemistry 13. Functional and eco-friendly polymers in structural applications 14. Functional and eco-friendly polymers in coating and surfaces 15. Functional and eco-friendly polymers in medical and biomedical applications

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