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43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress: Polymer Science in the Service of Society, 11-16 July 2010, Glasgow, UK

Biodegradable and sustainable polymers


Andrew Dove, University of Warwick, UK

Co-Convener: Ed Marshall, Imperial College London, UK

Co-Convener: Michael Meier, University of Potsdam, Germany



Monday 12 July (afternoon)

Tuesday 13 July (morning and afternoon)

Wednesday 14 July (morning and afternoon)

Symposium Information

The symposium will focus on the following subject areas:

  • Latest developments in the synthesis of biodegradable polymers 
  • Synthesis and properties of polymers derived from sustainable resources
  • Manipulation and processing of biodegradable and sustainable polymers
  • Application of biodegradable and sustainable polymers

Keynote Speaker

Development of New Catalysts for the Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymeric Materials from Epoxides 
Geoffrey Coates, Cornell University, USA

Invited Speakers

Synthesis and applications of renewable block polymers 
Marc Hillmyer, University of Minnesota, USA

Carbohydrates as Chemical Feedstock: Synthesis of Saccharide-Derived Functional Polymers 
Joachim Thiem, University of Hamburg, Germany

Cross-linked Poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-L-lactide) as a Biodegradable, Elastomeric Scaffold for Vascular Graft Generation 
Andrew Whittaker, University of Queensland, Australia


Biodegradable Thermoplastic Elastomers : Synthesis & Properties 
Marc J.M. Abadie, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

New biodegradable and biocompatible polymers by free-radical chemistry
Seema Agarwal, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Analysis of degradation products crucial for testing of degradable polymers 
Ann-Christine Albertsson, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden

'Click' Functionalization of Biodegradable Aliphatic Polyesters Prepared by Step-Growth Polymerization 
Leen Billiet, Ghent University, Belgium

Epoxy Fatty Acid Diester / CO2 Systems: Solubility, Carbonatation Kinetics and Polyurethane Synthesis 
Aurelie Boyer, LCPO, France

Highly active catalysts for the copolymerisation of carbon dioxide and functionalised epoxides at 1 atmosphere carbon dioxide pressure: synthesis, catalytic activity and mechanistic studies (kinetics, DFT)
Antoine Buchard, Imperial College London, UK

Effects of Interacting Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) on Crystalline Morphology of Sterecomplexing Poly(L-Lactic Acid) and Poly(D-Lactic Acid) 
Ling Chang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Reactivity of Allyl and Vinyl Derivatives of Glucides in UV-initiated Free Radical Copolymerization with Acceptor Monomers 
Xavier Coqueret, Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne, France

High performance biodegradable (bio)polymers by tailored reactive extrusion 
Philippe Dubois, University of Mons, Belgium

Isosorbide, a green diol for polymers 
Françoise Fenouillot-Rimlinger, INSA de Lyon, France

Metal-Catalyzed Immortal Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters 
Sophie Guillaume, CNRS - Université de Rennes 1, France

Biohybrid Copolymers Prepared by Living NCA Ring Opening Polymerization 
Gijs Habraken, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Controlled Synthesis of Functional Polymers Based on Naturally-Derived Monomers 
Eleni Kassi, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Hetero-selective rac-lactide polymerization by new types of group 4 metal catalysts  
Moshe Kol, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Transesterification During Poly(e-caprolactone)-Poly(lactide) Copolymers Synthesis
Vitali T. Lipik, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Preparation of Vegetable Oil Polymers by a Green Processing Method  
Zengshe (Kevin) Liu, NCAUR/ARS/USDA, USA

Tailor-made Biodegradable Polymers from Organo-catalysed ROP 
Blanca Martin Vaca, Paul Sabatier University, France

Metathesis and other efficient (catalytic) approaches to renewable monomers and polymers   
Michael Meier, University of Potsdam, Germany

Sustainable Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Mimics Derived from Lignin 
Stephen Miller, University of Florida, USA

Novel Catalysts for the Utilization of Carbon Dioxide as C1 Building Bock  
Thomas Ernst Müller, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Microstructure Design of Star-shaped Aliphatic Polyesters 
Karin Odelius, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden

Surface Characteristics of Nanowhiskers obtained from Banana fibres by steam explosion 
Laly Pothan, Bishop Moore College, India

Semi-crystalline Polyesters from Plant Oils 
Dorothee Quinzler, University of Konstanz, Germany

Aza- and phospha-Michael addition as key step for the straightforward synthesis of triglyceride-based renewable thermosets 
Juan C. Ronda, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain

Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Polymer Stars: Control of Physical Properties and Biodegradation Rates
Michael Shaver, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Understanding Thermal and UV Degradation on a Molecular Level of Acrylic Polymers via High Resolution Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS) 
Alexander Soeriyadi, University of New South Wales, Australia

Biorenewable plastics: Ring opening polymerization of a carbohydrate derived lactone and its copolymerization with (S,S)-lactide 
Min Tang, Imperial College London, UK 

Organoyttrium Initiators for Lactide Ring-Opening Polymerization 
Charlotte Williams, Imperial College London, UK

Preparation of cellulose/graphene oxide composite film with enhanced mechanical properties 
Lifeng Yan, University of Science and Technology of China, China

The morphology and mechanical properties of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) / MWNTs (multi-walled carbon nanotubes) composites 
Meifang Zhu, Donghua University, China

Poster Presenters

A new method for the synthesis of photocurable oligochitosan
Laleh Solhi, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical institute, Islamic Republic of Iran
Rice bran filled with PLA bio-packaging: production and properties  
Rapeephun Dangtungee, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
The study on photosensitizing effect of Galbanic acid and its ferric salt on polyethylene film
Homa Asempour, Amirkabir University, Islamic Republic of Iran
Synthesis, Characterization and Photo-Polymerization of Vinyl Ether and Acrylate Functionalized-PCL
Marc J.M. Abadie, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Mechanical properties and degradation of polylactic acid blended with cassava starch and natural rubber
Varaporn Tanrattanakul, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Novel Fucose-containing EPS: Production and Characterization
Cristiana A.V. Torres, FCT/Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Unexpected Mechanical Properties of Salt Modified Starch
Andrew Ballantyne, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Electron beam cured resins and composites based on acrylated linseed oil
Marco R. Rettig, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany

Particle Processing and Optimization
Marie Warren, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Novel Thermo-Responsive Micelles Based on Water-Soluble Amphiphilic Comb-like Graft Copolymer with Well-Defined Molecular Structure
Gang Wu, Sichuan University, China
Preparation and Evaluation of Novel Interpenetrating Polymer Network-Based on Newspaper Pulp for Copper Ions Chelation
Ahmed Haroun, National Research Centre, Egypt
Direct Polycondensation of Aromatic Hydroxy Acid Simulating Lignosulphonate Fragments
Ana Marques, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Natural Wood Fibers Modification via Surface-Initiated MADIX/RAFT Polymerization: Grafting Amphiphilic Cationic Polystyrene Based Copolymers
Damien Tastet, CNRS-University of Pau, France
Lactic acid based thermoset plastics from cellulosic waste
Shweta Soam, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India
Some Studies on Organosolv Lignin - PVC Blends
Nesrine Farid Kassem, National Research Center, Egypt
Biodegradation of photodegraded polyethylene films by bacteria. effect of calcium and iron stearates as pro-oxidants additives
Jesús Luis Pablos, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros, CSIC, Spain
Fluoropolymer dispersions: new environment-friendly products and technology
Stefana Musio, Solvay Solexis S.p.A., Italy
Synthesis and ring-opening polymerisation of a new functional lactone, ?-iodo-?-caprolactone: a novel route to functionalized aliphatic polyesters
Vincent Darcos, IBMM, Montpellier, France
The influence of morphology on the biodegradability of PP/PHB blends
Guilhermino J. M. Fechine, Presbiterian University Mackenzie, Brazil
Catalytic Copolymerization of Propylene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide
Doreen Alisch, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Co-catalytic behaviour of titanium dioxides and carbonyl compounds in photo-oxidative degradation of polyethylene film
Thara Manangan, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
PHB and PLA coating on paper for food packaging
Sarinya Shawaphun, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
Synthesis of polyesters from anhydrides and oxiranes and their diol derivatives
Elham Hosseini Nejad, Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
Properties of All-Cellulose Composites Reinforced by cellulose nanofibrils Prepared with an Ionic Liquid
Jun Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
The study on photosensitizing effect of Galbanic acid and its ferric salt on polyethylene film Summary
Homa asempour, Amirkabir University of Technology, Islamic Republic of Iran
Characterization and Preparation of  Kenaf bast pulp as renewable agricultural products by   Electron beam irradiation
Phil Hyun Kang, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute Radiation Research Division for Industry and Environment, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Catalytic Modification of Cellulose in Ionic Liquids
Anna Osichow, University of Konstanz, Germany
Aggregation numbers of chitosan clusters in dilute aqueous solutions
Evgeniya Korchagina, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Vegetable oil-based biodegradable photo-crosslinked polymer networks
Beom Soo Kim, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea 
Photochemical and thermal stability of naturally cross-linked collagen materials
Alina Sionkowska, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Chitosan/Poly(L-lactic acid)/Polycaprolactone blend for control delivery of antibiotic drug
Wasinee Boonkong, Program in Petrochemistry Faculty of Science Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Microwave enhanced synthesis of graft co-polymers of binary vinyl monomer mixtures onto acetylated saccharum spontaneum L  and characterization
Balbir Singh Kaith, Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, India
Synthesis and characterization of corn starch based green composites reinforced with Saccharum  sopntaneum L graft copolymers prepared under micro-wave
Balbir Singh Kaith, Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, India
Networks and copolymers of an unsaturated aliphatic polyester for use in biomedical applications
Sofia Målberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Polyurethanes and Polyanhydrides from Thiol-ene Functionalized Castor Oil Derivatives
Marina Galià, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
Structural, mechanical, thermal and degradability study of thermoset polymers synthesized from a renewable resource: Rubber Seed Oil
Jonathan Bergamaschi, State University of Campinas, Brazil
PLA-Synthetic Mica Nanocomposites: Preparation by Melt Blending
Marcos Dias, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Green composites: effect of wood flour addition in the biodegradation behaviour of the polymeric matrix Ecobras® 
Marilia Vieira, UFSCar, Brazil
Active packaging of fresh fruits: casting versus extrusion
Patrícia Ponce, Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - IPEN, Brazil
High Molecular Weight Aliphatic Polycarbonates by Melt Polycondensation of Aliphatic Diols with Dimethyl Carbonate: Synthesis and Characterization
Chuncheng Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Synthesis of aliphatic polyester by radical polymerization of ketene acetals
Jenny Undin, Fibre and polymer technology, Sweden
Polymorphic Crystallization of PLLA-PEG-PLLA Triblock Copolymer
Wen-Bin Liau, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Amphiphilic, Biodegradable Graft-Copolymers
Christian Hahn, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Preparation of polyesteramide nanofibers
Jiri Brozek, Institute of Chemical Technology, Czech Republic
Towards more environmentally-friendly materials : incorporating PLA in common plastics
Cécile Boutin, Laboratoire MMC, France
Syntheses Polymers from sustainable sources by olefin metathesis
Patrick Lamprecht, University of Hamburg, Germany
Processability and characterization of biodegradable polymers based on poly lactic acid
Ana Isabel Ares, Universidad de A Coruña. E. U. P., Spain
Hydroxy telechelic polycarbonates for the synthesis of block copolymers
Marion Helou, Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, France
Synthesis and functionalization of stereoregular, architecturally diverse poly(lactide)s with thiol-ene click chemistry
Robin Pflughaupt, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Crystallizable-crystallizable block copolymer containing poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) and poly(?-caprolatone): synthesis, crystallization competition and thermal stability
Gui-Fang Shan, Donghua University, China
Evaluation of Mechanical Properties and Morphological in Biocomposite PHB/V with Different Natural Fibers and Nanofillers
Marcio Kobayashi, PPG/CEM-UFSCar, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
Benzoxazine Thermosets from Diphenolic Acid as Renewable Resource
Virginia Cádiz, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain
Polyethers from epoxidised vegetable oil
Seng Soi Hoong, The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Mechanical properties and biodegradability of mater-bi®/woo flour ecocomposites
Giada Lo Re, University of Palermo, Italy
Clicking renewable resources: Fatty acid derived monomers and related polymers via thiol-ene additions
Oguz Turunc, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany
Synthesis and Functionalisation of Allyl-functional Aliphatic Poly(Carbonate)s
Sarah Tempelaar, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Synthesis of functional poly(ester)s derived from malic acid
Mike Bennison, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Biodegradability of chitosan films coated paper packaging
Arlete Reis, Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri, Brazil
In-situ measurement of dielectric properties for polycondensation of lactic acid
Takashi Nakamura, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Renewable dendrimers through thiol-ene additions
Lucas Montero de Espinosa, University of Potsdam, Germany
Unsaturated PA X,20 from Renewable Resources via Metathesis and Catalytic Amidation
Hatice Mutlu, Fachhochschule Emden-Leer, Germany
Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Fatty Acid Derived Monomers
Hatice Mutlu, Fachhochschule Emden-Leer, Germany
Long-Term Aging and Life-Prediction Studies of Fluoropolymer Materials used in Photovoltaic Modules
Prasad Shankarappa, Underwriter's Laboratories Inc., United States
NNO-tridentate ketiminate zinc and magnesium complexes as active catalysts for ring-opening polymerization of L-lactide
Hui-Ju Chuang, National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan
Synthesis of Novel Biodegradable Polymers
Lauren Cowie, Durham University, United Kingdom
Bismuth(III) Alkoxide Catalysts for Ring-Opening Polymerization of Lactides and ?-Caprolactone
Sirpa Vuorinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Synthesis of polyester-based copolymers as biodegradable impact modifiers for polylactide
Emmanuel Duquesne, University of Mons, Belgium
Highly stereoselective polymerization of (D,L)-lactide by O,N,N,O-tetradentate aluminium alkoxide complexes
Hsiao-Li Chen, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Functional Materials from Hemicelluloses-rich Biomass
Yingzhi Zhu Ryberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Redox polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide initiated by hydroxylated soya oil polymer in the presence of Ce(IV) to obtain a graft copolymer
Timur Sanal, Yalova University, Turkey
Copolymers with Orthogonally Reactive Side Chains: Combination of an Azido Monomer with a Novel Carbonate Monomer
Nergiz Cengiz, Bogazici University, Turkey
Bio-based functional polyethers: Application to polyurethanes and epoxy resins materials
Anne-Laure Brocas, LCPO, Bordeaux, France
Alginate Hydrogel Beads; A Biodegradable Slow Release Delivery System for Agrochemicals
Louise Gallagher, NUIM, Maynooth, Ireland
Efficient transformations for the functionalization of aliphatic poly(ester)s
Richard Todd, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Synthesis and Characterization of Some New Brush Type Amphiphilic Hybride Graft Copolymers
Elif Keles, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, Turkey
Preparation of starch-based bioplastics and gelatin with different  techniques
Farayde M. Fakhouri, UNICAMP State University of Campinas, Brazil
Flexible bioplastics composites based on lipophilic corn starch and gelatin plasticized with glycerol
Lúcia H. Innocentini-Mei, UNICAMP State University of Campinas, Brazil
Development of flexible bioplastic from cassava starch and glycerol using thermoplastic extrusion
Lúcia H. Innocentini-Mei, UNICAMP State University of Campinas, Brazil
Thermal analysis and mechanical properties of cassava starch edible films added of barbados cherry
Farayde M. Fakhouri, UNICAMP State University of Campinas, Brazil
Preparation and Characterization of Films Based on Cellulose Acetate Nanocomposites
Francisco Rodríguez, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
Isolation and characterization of cellulose whiskers from rice husks
Sônia Marli B. Nachtigall, UFRGS, Brazil
Chemical migration analysis of thermoformed virgin/post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate clamshell packaging into food simulants
Greg Curtzwiler, California Polytechnic State University, United States
Preparation and characterization of PHB/cellulose whiskers bionanocomposites modified by PEG
Patrícia Patricio, Unifei, Brazil
Antimicrobial ability of Acetate cellulose/MMT-Cu2+ nanocomposite
Julio Bruna, Universidad de Santiago, Chile
Ternary blends of chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol)/ poly(lactic acid)
Rafael Grande, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil
Biodegradable Polyesters Based on Isosorbide and Isomannide Obtained from Enzymatic Catalysis: Synthesis and Surface Properties
Alliny Naves, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ageing of polylactide fibres in an Accelerated Weathering Chamber
Lucila Araceli Montero, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Variation of properties of polylactide fibres during thermal fixation
Diana Cayuela, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Synthesis, chemical and physical characterization of biodegradable flexible polyurethanes derived from saccharides to be applied as biomaterial in wound dressing
Susete Fernandes, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Thermoplastic starch modified by reactive extrusion using isocyanates and organic acids
Antonio J. F. Carvalho, Universidade de São Paulo - EESC/SMM, Brazil
Structure and thermal chatracterization of biodegradable polymer/organomontmorillonite composites based on poly(butylene terephthalate) and poly(butylene succinate)
Malgorzata Gazinska, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
Combining chain-extension reaction and stereocomplexation to improve poly(lactide) properties
Valérie Lison, Umons, Belgium
Bioproduction of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and its copolymers from waste edible oils
Stanislav Obruca, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Comparison of molecular properties and stability of collagen type I derived from chicken skin and other animal tissues
Ivana Márová, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic