Aug 15, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EB 4000 - Biopolymer Engineering

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The course introduces various classes of biopolymers and their applications in selected subspecialties. An understanding of material bulk and surface properties, biopolymer biocompatibility, manufacturing processes, cost, sterilization, packaging and regulatory issues in terms of developing and engineering polymers are stressed. Topics range from polymerization, polymer characterization techniques, and processes tailoring specific properties to biopolymer purification. (prereq: CH 201 , EB 2910 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • No course learning outcomes appended

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction to polymers and biopolymers
  • Natural biopolymers in life science
  • Principles of polymerization
  • Polymer and biopolymer processing
  • Polymer and biopolymer characterization: Physics
  • Polymer and biopolymer characterization: Chemistry
  • Biocompatibility
  • Biopolymers: biomedical applications
  • Biopolymers: environmental applications
  • Project I (biopolymers: agricultural applications)
  • Project I (biopolymers: cosmetic applications)
  • Biopolymers: food industry applications
  • Bioplastics (green plastics): science of biodegradable plastics
  • Engineering biopolymers: market
  • Engineering biopolymers: regulations
  • Project II

Wujie Zhang

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