The ability to design products with structural features on a nanometric scale is a major technology driver in materials research Nanostructured materials are defined as materials with structural features on a sub-micron scale determining specific properties They consist of materials such as metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and biomaterials Future applications include ultra precise drug-delivery, transparent nanofoams, nanoelectronics, coatings and ultraselective molecular sieves The preparation of biopolymer-based nano-structured materials only recently gained attention The main disadvantages of biopolymer materials like plastics and coatings are water sensitivity or low mechanical strength New ways were developed, improving the properties of soft biopolymeric materials, such as the development of starch colloids, biopolymer interpenetrating networks and organic-inorganic hybrids A description is given of several new classes of polysaccharide or protein based materials.
|Title of host publication||Feedstocks for the future : renewables for the production of chemicals and materials|
|Editors||J.J. Bozell, M.K. Patel|
|Place of Publication||Washington|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Name||ACS Symposium Series|
|Publisher||American Chemical Society|
van Soest, J. J. G. (2006). The development of biopolymer-based nanostructured materials : plastics, gels, IPNs and nanofoams. In J. J. Bozell, & M. K. Patel (Eds.), Feedstocks for the future : renewables for the production of chemicals and materials (pp. 288-303). (ACS Symposium Series; No. 921)..