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Biopolymers by Mind Map: Biopolymers
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Biopolymers

Analyse progress in the recent development, commercialisation and use of a biopolymer. Be sure to identify the feedstock and describe the production process including naming the specific enzyme(s). Examples of such biopolymers include Biopol and PHB.

Application

Biopolymers are a renewable resource as they are produced by living organisms.

Biopolymers such as Zein and Polylactic acid (both found in maize or corn starch) can replace non renewable Polystyrene and Polyethylene.

Biopolymers are degradable whereas polymers are made from 98% oil and will not break down.

Examples

Proteins

Sugars

Amino Acids

Nucleotides

General info

A class of polymers produced by living organisms

Differ from polymers in their structure

A renewable and biodegradable resource

Structure

Structural biology = the study of structural properties of biopolymers

Biopolymers are more complex in structure than normal polymers

Many biopolymers spontaneously fold into characteristic compact shapes

Production

Produced by living organisms

Can be produced from biomass