Lactic Acid: Production, Properties and Health Effects


Alfonso Migallón (Editor)
University of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain

Roxana A. Ruseckaite (Editor)
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Series: Food Science and Technology, Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: MED008000

The development of new materials of natural origin and biodegradable characteristics for many applications is one of the most important challenges for the materials research groups and polymer industry during the next few years. Poly(lactic acid), PLA, is a biodegradable polymer synthesized from lactic acid (LA), which on its side is obtained from renewable resources. The editors have carried out a selection and seemingly have chosen enough of good reviews and unique works in the branch of lactic acid and its properties, polymerization and final applications of PLA. Apparently, these works are at the front edge of science and will be of interest for high readership of scientists and students in the branch of chemistry and physics of polymers and biopolymers. The editors expect that the readers will be happy with this selection. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


1. Purification of lactic acid obtained by fermentative processes by means of membrane techniques and ion exchange
(F.A. Riera, S. Alvarez)

2. Lactic acid production from renewable resources
(L. Fontes-Coelho, M. Piassi-Bernardo, P. Monteiro de Oliveira, C.J. Bolner de Lima, J. Contiero)

3. Siloxane-containing vaterite / poly (lactic acid) fibremats with improved ductility
((A. Obata, T. Kasuga)
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4. Properties of lactic acid based polymer and its nanocomposites
(K. Fukushima)

5. Lactic acid bacteria: an approach for new biopreservation technology
(M.R. Moreira, S.I. Roura, S. Echarte, A.G. Ponce)

6. Production of lactic acid through agroindustrial wastes. The case of cheese whey exploitation
(S. Plessas, A. Alexopoulos, E. Bezirtzoglou)

7. Tuning cell behavior in poly(lactic acid) based nanocomposite scaffolds
(I. Armentano, E. Fortunati, S. Mattioli, N. Rescignano, J.M. Kenny)


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