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ChemTec Publishing announces ’Handbook of Material Biodegradation, Biodeterioration, and Biostabilization’


The ’Handbook of Material Biodegradation, Biodeterioration, and Biostabilization’ ( is about protection of materials and products against colonization and subsequent degradation of their properties. The book contains 9 chapters each devoted to essential aspects related to biodegradation and biostabilization.

The introductory chapter gives historical note on chronological developments in the field, presents classification of biocidal products, and defines essential terms which are frequently used in the subject of the book.

Microorganisms involved in biodegradation and biodeterioration of materials are presented within the framework of their classification, based on the most recent developments and agreements. Information on 13 groups of bacteria 7 groups of fungi, and 4 groups of protozoa are discussed in Chapter 2, which also contains discussion of major mechanisms of biodegradation and biodeterioration, including biofilm formation and its effect on biostabilization of materials.

Chapter 3 is devoted to industrial biocides. It begins with discussion of mechanisms of biostabilization followed by discussion of types of biostabilizers. In this discussion, biocides are divided into 19 groups and properties of stabilizers for each group are given in the tabular form. Only stabilizers permitted for use in European Union and the USA are included in the discussion. The selection is based on the current in 2010 lists of approved substances.

Chapter 4 contains information on biodegradation, biodeterioration and biostabilization of industrial products. For each group of products, relevant microorganisms, essential product components, mechanisms of biodegradation and biodeterioration, results of biodeterioration, biostabilization, and used formulations are given. Twenty two groups of industrial products are included in evaluation. Also, 24 groups of polymers are discussed here in separate sections.

Chapter 5 contains information on standard and other frequently used analytical methods in the field of the book.

Chapter 6 contains evaluation of health and safety aspects of biocide application.

Chapter 7 contains the most current information on environmental fate of biostabilizers, including their concentrations, toxicity, and the rates of decay. Discussion is based on the most current data (current decade) to give real picture of current situation.

Chapter 8 contains information on regulations developed in European Union, by world organizations, and in the USA to give a comprehensive background of legislative measures.

The last chapter is on protection of workers who use biocides in their work.

This comprehensive source of fundamental information and data is based on thousands of papers, patents, and information from biocide manufacturers. 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 make most of the very informative books published in past misleading because regulations eliminated many products, which they discuss. This book only looks to future applications, giving ideas on how to protect materials in today’s environment.


Anna Fox
ChemTec Publishing
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Toronto, ON M1E 1C6
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