2012, XVIII, 404 p. 157 illus., 145 illus. in color.
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Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by Imperial College London
Outlines novel experimental results such as physico-chemical parameters, biodegradability and energy recovery of starch-PVOH biocomposites under anaerobic digestion conditions
Provides the basis for a large number of publications in internationally renowned journals
Miao Guo's PhD thesis provides scientific insights into the environmental issues related to biocomposites based on starch-polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) blends. The author contributes significantly to the methodological issues underlying the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) modelling approach. As well as presenting complete LCA inventories using primary data from a variety of sources, Guo develops a new modelling approach incorporating the process-oriented biogeochemistry model Denitrification-Decomposition (DNDC) into site-specific LCA studies to simulate carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the wheat agro-ecosystem. This thesis addresses important LCA data quality issues by using comprehensive sensitivity and uncertainty analyses and has resulted in a large number of publications in internationally renowned journals.