Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Biopolymer Aerogels
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2022) | Viewed by 814
Interests: nanoporous sol–gel silica materials; silica, cellulose, and RF aerogels; cellulose microbeads, polymer nanocomposites; polyurethanes; polyurethane/siloxane crosslinks; carbon nanotubes; ionic liquid derived gels
Biopolymers have the advantages of sustainability, such as biocompatibility over oil-based precursors, large abundance, less environmental issues, and large surface groups for further functionalities. Aerogels of biopolymers exhibit an open porous structure with high surface area and pore volume as well as the specific functions of the staring polymer. The interconnection of properties of biopolymers with three-dimensional aerogel structures available in biopolymer aerogels have attracted several applications, such as thermal insulation, CO2 capture, drug delivery, biomedical scaffolds, energy storage, catalysis, tissue engineering, and food processing.
In this issue, we aim to highlight the use of biopolymers such as cellulose, alginate, chitosan, starch, chitin, proteins, etc. for the production of aerogels in the form of monoliths, microbeads, fibers, papers (sheets), microparticles, foams, and so on. We encourage authors to contribute original research papers, communication and review articles related to current developments, and applications in the area of biopolymer aerogels.
Dr. Seeni Meera Kamal Mohamed
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- supercritical drying
- freeze drying
- thermal insulation
- drug delivery
- CO2 capture
- tissue engineering