Biopolymers and Biotech Admixtures for Eco-Efficient Construction Materials (Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering)

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Since 1930 more than 100,000 new chemical compounds have been developed and insufficient information exists on the health assessment of 95 percent of these chemicals in which a relevant percentage are used in construction products. For instance Portland cement concrete, the most used material on the Planet (10.000 million tons/year that in the next 40 years will increase around 100 %) currently used in around 15% of total concrete production contains chemicals used to modify their properties, either in the fresh or hardened state.

Biopolymers are materials that are developed from natural resources. They reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. There is a worldwide demand to replace petroleum-based materials with renewable resources.

Currently bio-admixtures represent just a small fraction of the chemical admixtures market (around 20%) but with environmental awareness for constituents in construction materials generally growing (the Construction Products Regulation is being enforced in Europe since 2013), the trend towards bio-admixtures is expected to continue.

This book provides an updated state-of-the-art review on biopolymers and their influence and use as admixtures in the development of eco-efficient construction materials.

  • Provides essential knowledge for researchers and producers working on the development of biopolymer-modified construction materials
  • Discusses the various types of biopolymers currently available, their different production techniques, their use as bio-admixtures in concretes and mortars and applications in other areas of civil engineering such as soil stability, wood preservation, adhesives and coatings
  • All contributions are made from leading researchers, who have intensive involvement in the design and use of biopolymers in construction materials

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For more than half a century, the fossil fuel industry has provided the resources for the polymer industry. There is a worldwide demand to replace petroleum-based materials with renewable resources, and with environmental awareness for constituents in construction materials generally growing, the trend towards bio-admixtures is expected to continue. Biopolymers and Biotech Admixtures for Eco-Efficient Construction Materials provides a state-of-the-art review on biopolymers and bio-admixtures and their influence and use in the development of eco-efficient construction materials.

Following the introductory chapter, Part One covers production of biopolymers and biotech admixtures, their application in eco-efficient construction materials and their environmental advantages over petrochemical products. Part Two examines biopolymers and biotech admixtures in cement and mortars. Chapters here cover biopolymers for dry-mix mortars and microorganism-based bioplasticizers for cementitious materials. Part Three focuses on enhancing properties of cement, including corrosion-inhibition and biotech solution for concrete repair with enhanced durability. The final part reviews biopolymer applications in other areas of civil engineering such as soil stability, wood preservation, adhesives and coatings.

Biopolymers and Biotech Admixtures for Eco-Efficient Construction Materials provides essential knowledge for civil engineers, materials researchers and producers working on the development of biopolymer-modified construction materials.

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal is an investigator in the C-TAC Research Centre at the University of Minho, Portugal. Volodymyr Ivanov is a professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Niranjan Karak, is a professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, India. Henk Jonkers is a leading researcher and Sustainability Chair Leader at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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Fernando Pacheco-Torgal is a Senior Researcher in the C-TAC Research Centre at the University of Minho, Portugal. He has authored almost 300 publications, including 96 in ISI Web of Science-WoS and 92 on Scopus. Having received 798 citations in WoS (h-index=15) and 1125 citations on Scopus (h-index=18). He has a SCI Platinum h=30 the highest in the field of civil engineering in Portugal. He has also been the Lead Editor of 14 international books, with more than 500 contributors from 52 countries in the five continents.

Volodymyr Ivanov is a professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and his research lines encompass nanobiotechnology and microbiotechnology.

Niranjan Karak is Professor of Polymer Science and Technology and Head of the Chemical Sciences Department at Tezpur University, India. He has published over 87 research papers, two books and two chapters in two edited books, and also regularly acts as a reviewer for many international polymer journals.

Henk Jonkers is a leading researcher and expert on self-healing bio-concrete and the sustainability Chair Leader of the Materials and Environment section in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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