This authoritative book gives extensive information on micro-organisms involved in biodegradation of materials and biocides which are permitted for use according to the most up-to-date legislations. Micro-organisms involved, mechanisms of biodegradation and bio deterioration, results of biodeterioration, and methods of biostabilization are given for a large number of products falling into 22 group categories, such as building products, coatings and paints, cultural heritage, dental materials, electrical and electronic products, fibers and textiles, leather and leather products, marine transport, medical applications, metals, mineral dispersions, petroleum products (fuels and lubricants), pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and toiletries, polymers, pulp and paper, roofing materials, rubber, sealants and adhesives, stones, swimming pools, water, and wood.
This comprehensive source of fundamental information and data is based on thousands of papers, patents, and information from biocide manufacturers. The book contains also information on methods of analysis, law, health and safety, and environmental protection.
The above contents and the most-up-to-date information make this book essential for almost all the fields of applied chemistry. Very drastic changes in biocides which can be used according to regulations makes most the very informative books published in past misleading because most of their contents cannot be applied to the present regulations. This book only looks to future applications, giving ideas on how to protect materials in today's environment.
George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books: PVC Plastisols, (University Press); Polyvinylchloride Degradation, (Elsevier); Polyvinylchloride Stabilization, (Elsevier); Polymer Modified Textile materials, (Wiley & Sons); Handbook of Material Weathering, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions, (ChemTec Publishing); Handbook of Fillers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions, (ChemTec Publishing); Recycling of PVC, (ChemTec Publishing); Weathering of Plastics. Testing to Mirror Real Life Performance, (Plastics Design Library), Handbook of Solvents, Handbook of Plasticizers, 1st and 2nd Editions, Handbook of Antistatics, Handbook of Material Biodegradation, Biodeterioration and Biostabilation, Handbook of Antiblocking, Release and Slip Additives 1st and 2nd Editions, Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, PVC Degradation & Stabilization, The PVC Formulary, Atlas of Material Damage, and Handbook of Polymers (all by ChemTec Publishing), 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings. He is included in the Dictionary of International Biography, Who's Who in Plastics and Polymers, Who's Who in Engineering, and was selected International Man of the Year 1996-1997 in recognition for his services to education.