The first part of this volume focuses on biosynthesis, metabolism, biodegradation, functions, properties and applications of miscellaneous polymers, such as hemozoin, thymine-containing styrene polymers, polythioesters, polyphosphate, polyhydroxymethionine, polyketides, and natural polyacetals. The second part then goes on to treat the biodegradation of a wide range of synthetic polymers, e.g.
- substituted cellulose
- polyvinyl alcohol
Inorganic Polyphosphates (G. Kortstee, et al.).
Metabolism of Natural Polymeric Sulfur Compounds (C. Dahl, et al.).
Polythioesters (T. Lütke-Eversloh & A. Steinbüchel).
Polyhydroxymethionine (K. Huthmacher).
Modular Polyketide Synthases (R. Dieckmann & T. Schwecke).
Natural Polyacetals (P. Metzger & C. Largeau).
Hemozoin: a Biocrystal Synthesized during the Degradation of Hemoglobin (D. Sullivan).
Thymine-Containing Styrene Polymers as Environmentally Benign Photoresists (L. Lloyd-Kindstrand & J. Warner).
Biodegradation of Alginate, Xanthan, and Gellan (W. Hashimoto, et al.).
Biodegradable Plastics from Cellulose and Lignocellulosics (M. Yoshioka).
Biodegradation of Synthetic Water-Soluble Polymers (G. Swift).
Biodegradation of Polyethers (Polyethylene Glycol, Polypropylene Glycol, Polytetramethylene glycol, and Others) (F. Kawai).
Biodegradation of Polyacrylate (F. Kawai & T. Hayashi).
Biodegradation of Polyurethanes (Y. Tokiwa).
Biodegradation of Poly(vinyl alcohol) and its Copolymers (S. Matsumura).
Biol ogical Susceptibility of Polystyrene (A. Tsuchii, et al.).
Biodegradation of Polyethylene Followed by Assimilation of Degradation Products (M. Hakkarainen, et al.).
Biodegradation of Nylon and other Synthetic Polyamides (S. Negoro).
Biodegradation of Polycarbonates (Y. Tokiwa).
Biodegradation of Polyanhydrides (N. Kumar, et al.).
Biodegradation of Poly(alkylcyanoacrylates) (C. Vauthier & P. Couvreur).
Biodegradation of Polyphosphazenes (K. Zhu & L. Qiu).
Biodegradation of Polydioxanone (H. Nishida).
Biodegradation of Silicones (Organosiloxanes) (J. Lukasiak, et al.).