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Special Issue "Advances in Biodegradable Polymers"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marek M. Kowalczuk

School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB, UK
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Interests: biodegradable polymeric materials; scaffolds; composite materials; polymer waste recycling; polymer mass spectrometry; bioactive oligomers; controlled drug delivery; ring-opening polymerization; metal free polymerization initiators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biodegradable polymers have become materials of hope for the future, and knowledge on the relationships among their structure, properties and functions is essential for prospective safe applications of such materials in the areas of human health and the environment. Unfortunately, most plastics produced by the petrochemical industry are not biodegradable and, therefore, accumulate in the environment. This continues to pose a growing challenge for authorities at both the local and national levels; hence, there is a demand for biodegradable polymers. Applying novel biotechnological and chemical approaches enable design of macromolecules with high added value and new biodegradable and bioactive polymers or oligomers for diverse applications in medicine, the cosmetic industry and agriculture are recently developed.

At the initial stages of the development of biodegradable polymers, research was focused on the effect of macromolecular architecture on final biodegradable properties. Unfortunately, aspects such as bio-safety of biodegradable polymers or nano-safety of their composites were, and still are, frequently neglected. In an effort to make biodegradable polymers safe, methodology of forensic engineering of advanced polymeric materials (FEAPM) is currently being developed, which should help to define and minimize potential failure of novel polymer products.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present a contemporary overview of recent developments in the field of biodegradable polymers. Reviews, full papers, and short communications, covering the aspects of the current trends in expansion of such polymeric materials are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Marek M. Kowalczuk
Guest Editor

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. Molecules 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.


  • synthesis of biodegradable polymers
  • structure-property relationships of biodegradable polymers
  • novel analytical approaches for characterization of biodegradable polymers
  • chemical modification of biodegradable polymers
  • biosafety of biodegradable polymeric materials
  • commercial applications of biodegradable polymers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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