Special Issue "Polylactide: Blends, Composites and Nanocomposites"

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luigi Botta
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, RU INSTM of Palermo, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze ed.6, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: polymer composites and nanocomposites; polymer blends; bioplastics; rheology; degradation and stabilization of polymer systems; antimicrobial polymeric systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polylactide (PLA) can be considered as one of the most attractive biopolymers due to its physical properties, renewability, biodegradability, and biocompatibility. Moreover, PLA can be processed using a large number of techniques and it is commercially available in a wide range of grades, making it suitable for multiple applications—from packaging to biomedical devices. Nevertheless, the broad use of PLA is often restricted by the necessity of improving some functional properties. An effective way to improve the properties of PLA, and thus enhance its commercial potential, is through the incorporation of particles or fibers—including natural fibers and nanosized particles—in the development of polymer blends or hybrid systems.

The scope of this Special Issue is to present the current state-of-the-art in the use of PLA-based systems for different fields of applications and, in particular, PLA-based blends, composites, and nanocomposites. This Special Issue of Biomolecules aims to publish high-quality papers covering the most recent advances, as well as comprehensive reviews addressing the novel and state-of-the-art methodology of active researchers in the development of PLA-based hybrid systems, concerning synthesis, preparation, characterization and, in particular, the applications of such materials with outstanding performance.

Dr. Luigi Botta
Guest Editor

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  • PLA
  • Hybrid systems
  • Biomedical applications
  • Tissue engineering
  • Drug release

Published Papers

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