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Handbook of Biodegradable Materials

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  • © 2023


  • Presents critical topics in materials biodegradability and sustainability
  • Highlights technologies for advanced biodegradable materials fabrication
  • Lists applications of green, environmentally friendly, and sustainable materials

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This Handbook discusses the recent advances in biodegradation technologies and highlights emerging sustainable materials, including environmentally friendly nano-based materials for replacing plastics. It is useful to scientists, engineers, biologists, medical doctors and provides alternative eco-friendly materials to replace the currently used ones with harmful impact on the environment and life. The chapters present different types of alternative materials in diverse areas, such as food packaging materials, materials for construction and agricultural materials. The principles and types of biodegration technologies are described in depth.

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Table of contents (51 entries)

  1. Fundamentals of Biodegradations

  2. Polymer Biodegradation

  3. Plastic Biodegradation

Editors and Affiliations

  • Chemistry Department, Al-Azhar University, Assiut, Egypt

    Gomaa A. M. Ali

  • Vice President of Advanced Material Research,, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc, Connecticut, USA

    Abdel Salam H. Makhlouf

About the editors

Dr. Gomaa A. M. Ali is an Associate Professor at the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Egypt. He has 15 years of experience working in the research areas of materials science, humidity sensing, graphene, supercapacitors, water treatment, and drug delivery. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Storage from UMP, Malaysia. He is the recipient of some national and international prizes and awards such as TWAS-AREP (2018), Obada International Prize (2021), Gold Medal (Archimedes, Russia, 2014), Green Technology Award (CITREX, Malaysia, 2015), Gold Medal (British Invention Show, UK, 2015). Dr Gomaa has been included in Stanford University’s List of World’s Top 2% of Scientists, Egypt, 2021. Dr. Gomaa has published over 131 journal articles and 21 book chapters on a broad range of cross-disciplinary research fields, including multifunctional materials, nanotechnology, supercapacitor, water treatment, humidity sensing, biosensing, corrosion, and drug delivery. So far, he has more than 3871 citations and an h-index of 38. Dr. Gomaa is an Editor of many international journals and a reviewer for more than 80 WoS journals. He is an Editor of many handbooks. Dr. Gomaa is a member of national and international scientific societies, such as The National Committee of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Al-Azhar University Excellence International Office, Egypt, and the Egyptian Young Academy of Sciences, ASRT. His research interests include Materials Science, Nanomaterials, Graphene, Supercapacitors, Water Treatment

Professor Makhlouf is an internationally recognized leader with over 20 years of independent research project management, teaching, and consulting in industry and academia. He is the Vice President of Advanced Material Research, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., USA. Before joining Stanley Black & Decker, he wasthe President of EMC3 - USA, VP of IM2C - USA, Full Professor of Materials Science at Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute - Egypt, and Full Professor of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering at the University of Texas – USA. He is a member of TMS-USA, EPSRC-UK, European Science Foundation - College of Expert Reviewers, Fulbright Alumni, Max Planck Institute Alumni, Alexander von Humboldt Alumni.

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