Submitted to: American Chemical Society Symposium Series
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: A symposium, entitled "Natural Polymers as Advanced Materials," was held at the Fifth Chemical Congress of North America, in Cancun, Mexico, November 11-15, 1997, to address technical constraints associated with increased use of biopolymers. That title reflected a degree of naivety by implying that synthetic materials are more advanced than their natural counterparts. After attending the Cancun presentations and after reading the chapters contained in this volume, the Editors are better educated. Hence, the title of this volume was changed to "Biopolymers: Utilizing Nature's Advanced Materials." Nevertheless, from the 33 presentations at the Cancun symposium, came 14 Chapters in this volume. Another four chapters were solicited. The chapters, which are a combination of original research and review articles, describe current issues that are dictating biomaterial research directions. We are confident the reader will enjoy their content as much as we did.