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Environmentally Friendly Polymers and Polymer Composites

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Technological Institute of Materials (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Plaza Ferrándiz y Carbonell 1, 03801 Alcoy, Spain
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Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Perugia, UdR INSTM, Strada di Pentima 4, 05100 Terni, Italy
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Research Institute of Food Engineering for Development (IIAD), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Materials 2020, 13(21), 4892; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13214892
Received: 14 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 31 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmentally Friendly Polymers and Polymer Composites)
In the last decade, continuous research advances have been observed in the field of environmentally friendly polymers and polymer composites due to the dependence of polymers on fossil fuels and the sustainability issues related to plastic wastes. This research activity has become much more intense in the food packaging industry due to the high volume of waste it generates. Biopolymers are nowadays considered as among the most promising materials to solve these environmental problems. However, they still show inferior performance regarding both processability and end-use application. Blending currently represents a very cost-effective strategy to increase the ductility and impact resistance of biopolymers. Furthermore, different lignocellulosic materials are being explored to be used as reinforcing fillers in polymer matrices for improving the overall properties, lower the environmental impact, and also reduce cost. Moreover, the use of vegetable oils, waste derived liquids, and essential oils opens up novel opportunities as natural plasticizers, reactive compatibilizers or even active additives for the development of new polymer formulations with enhanced performance and improved sustainability profile. View Full-Text
Keywords: bio-based polymers; biodegradable polyesters; green composites; wood plastic composites; natural additives and fillers; composites characterization; bioplastics manufacturing bio-based polymers; biodegradable polyesters; green composites; wood plastic composites; natural additives and fillers; composites characterization; bioplastics manufacturing
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Balart, R.; Montanes, N.; Dominici, F.; Boronat, T.; Torres-Giner, S. Environmentally Friendly Polymers and Polymer Composites. Materials 2020, 13, 4892.

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Balart R, Montanes N, Dominici F, Boronat T, Torres-Giner S. Environmentally Friendly Polymers and Polymer Composites. Materials. 2020; 13(21):4892.

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Balart, Rafael; Montanes, Nestor; Dominici, Franco; Boronat, Teodomiro; Torres-Giner, Sergio. 2020. "Environmentally Friendly Polymers and Polymer Composites" Materials 13, no. 21: 4892.

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