T. Casalini and G. Perale, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Established polymer processing techniques are reviewed and the particular challenges in applying them successfully to biopolymers are examined. Mixing, molding, shaping, calendering, coating, foaming and solvent casting processes are examined. Problem areas, such as electrospinning, are investigated.
Polymer processing is an established industrial reality able to produce a huge variety of objects of different shapes, dimensions, structures and properties. However, not all of the steps in conventional polymer processing ...