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Special Issue "Marine Biodegradable Polymers"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Hitoshi Sashiwa

Kaneka Co., Ltd, 5-1-1 Torikai-Nishi, Settsu, Osaka 566-0072 Japan
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Phone: +81-72-653-8333
Interests: chemical modification of chitin and chitosan and their biomedical applications; biodegradable polymer; bio-based polymer
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. David Harding

Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North, 4442, New Zealand
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Phone: +6421767565
Interests: hydrogels and other biopolymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in marine pollution owing to several microplastics. One of the possible solutions to this problem is focused on the application of biodegradable plastics. However, there are very few studies on the biodegradation of plastics and polymers, especially in seawater or marine environment. With the opening of this Special Issue, “Marine Biodegradable Polymers”, we are planning to produce a strong, and very exciting issue that will encompass breakthroughs on highly valuable, scientific, and industrial research in this field.

Dr. Hitoshi Sashiwa
Prof. Dr. David Harding
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Biodegradable polymer
  • Bio-base polymer
  • Marine degradable plastics
  • Microplastics
  • Enzymatic degradation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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