Keratin as a Protein Biopolymer

Extraction from Waste Biomass and Applications

  • Swati Sharma
  • Ashok Kumar

Part of the Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials book series (SSPCM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Swati Sharma, Arun Gupta, Ashok Kumar
    Pages 1-18
  3. Anshuman Shah, Shaily Tyagi, Ram Naresh Bharagava, Dalel Belhaj, Ashok Kumar, Gaurav Saxena et al.
    Pages 19-34
  4. Claudia Vineis, Alessio Varesano, Greta Varchi, Annalisa Aluigi
    Pages 35-76
  5. Diego Omar Sanchez Ramirez, Riccardo Andrea Carletto, Francesca Truffa Giachet
    Pages 77-121
  6. I. A. Adelere, A. Lateef
    Pages 123-162
  7. Sarthak Saha, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Zubair, Aman Ullah
    Pages 163-185
  8. James McLellan, Starla G. Thornhill, Spencer Shelton, Manish Kumar
    Pages 187-200
  9. Kush Kumar Nayak, Piyush Parkhey, Bidyut Mazumdar
    Pages 201-224

About this book


This book provides information about the sources, structure, and properties of keratin as well as its applications. The extraction from different biomass sources (e.g. feathers, hairs, nails, horn, hoof, and claws) as well as the characterization methods of these extracted materials are explained. The development of bioproducts from keratins is challenging and limited since they are neither soluble in polar solvents nor in non-polar solvents. Therefore, the utilization of different microorganisms for the degradation of keratin is also discussed.
The main aim of this book is to highlight the unique features of keratin and to update readers with the possible prospects to develop various value-added products from keratins. The book is highly interesting to researchers working in industry and academia on bioproducts, tissue engineering, biocomposites, biofilm, and biofibers.


Keratin Extraction from waste biomass Proteinic biopolymer Keratin micro/nanoparticles Biocomposites Biobased products Biofilms Biofibers Biotechnological applications

Editors and affiliations

  • Swati Sharma
    • 1
  • Ashok Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resource EngineeringUniversiti Malaysia PahangKuantanMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Biotechnology and BioinformaticsJaypee University of Information TechnologyWaknaghat, SolanIndia

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