Biopolymers And Biotech Admixtures For Eco-efficient Construction Materials by Fernando Pacheco-torgalBiopolymers And Biotech Admixtures For Eco-efficient Construction Materials by Fernando Pacheco-torgal

Biopolymers And Biotech Admixtures For Eco-efficient Construction Materials

byFernando Pacheco-torgalEditorVolodymyr Ivanov, Niranjan Karak

Hardcover | January 12, 2016

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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
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 h...
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Title:Biopolymers And Biotech Admixtures For Eco-efficient Construction MaterialsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Woodhead PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0081002149

ISBN - 13:9780081002148

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to biopolymers and biotech admixtures for eco-efficient construction materials

Section One. Production of biopolymers for eco-efficient construction materials

2. Basic concepts on biopolymers and biotechnological admixtures for eco-efficient construction materials

3. Biotechnological production of biopolymers and admixtures for eco-efficient construction materials

4. Life cycle assessment of biopolymers

Section Two. Biopolymers and biotech admixtures in cement and mortars

5. Biotech admixtures for enhancing portland cement hydration

6. Black liquor waste as a cement admixture or cement and concrete admixtures

7. High-performance superplasticizer based on chitosan

8. Microorganism-based bioplasticizer for cementitious materials

9. Fly ash-based geopolymer with kappa-carrageenan biopolymer

Section Three. Biopolymers and biotech admixtures in concrete

10. Biopolymers with superplasticizer properties for concrete

11. Biopolymers with viscosity-enhancing properties for concrete

12. Biotech solutions for concrete repair with enhanced durability

Section Four. Other biopolymer applications

13. Rigid biofoam composites as eco-efficient construction materials

14. Biopolymers for wood preservation

15. Biopolymers for paints and surface coatings

16. Bio-based adhesives

17. Biopolymers as biofilters and biobarriers

18. Biopolymers for superhydrophobic photocatalytic coatings

Editorial Reviews

"The book provides basic concepts, production aspects and environmental impact assessment on the use of biopolymers and biotech admixtures ... It provides new knowledge, is well structured, really up-to-date, and has an enormous number of references."

Professor Lech Czarnecki, Building Research Institute, Poland (from the foreword)