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.
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.
A class of polymers produced by living organisms
Differ from polymers in their structure
A renewable and biodegradable resource
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
Produced by living organisms
Can be produced from biomass