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Molecular Dimensional Design, Synthesis Modification and Application of Sustainable Polymer Materials

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 392

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Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology, AGH University of Science and Technology, Al. A. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Interests: functional materials; magnetic quantum dots; nanoparticles; hybrid nanocomposites; polymers; materials characterization; thermal analysis; magnetic hyperthermia; physicochemical properties
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Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish papers that deal with molecular design, functionality and applications of sustainable polymeric materials.

Currently, there is a constantly growing desire for sustainable development and green production. This trend is especially visible in 3D printing, which is currently considered one of the most profitable production methods.

The key area of interest of scientists is the use of polymers, including polymers of natural origin, as well as the modification of currently used polymers for their use in 3D printing. Alternative ecological polymer materials with additional properties, including functional ones, are still being sought. This issue includes the modification and processing of polymers, including those of natural, organic, and/or inorganic origin, the design of polymer materials for bonding ceramic materials, the design of photopolymer resins and photopolymerization inks, sustainable monomer-to-polymer synthesis and biological, chemical, and environmental degradation applications, and many others.

This Special Issue will present the molecular dimensional design used to obtain materials suitable for 3D printing, physical properties, environmental impact, and environmental protection aspects, as well as the strengths and limitations resulting from the use of this type of material.

Dr. Angelika Kmita
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  • sustainable polymeric materials
  • 3D printing
  • sustainability
  • environmental impact
  • molecular modifications

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Eco-Friendly Inorganic Binders: A Key Alternative for Reducing Harmful Emissions in Molding and Core-Making Technologies
by Angelika Kmita, Rafał Dańko, Mariusz Holtzer, Józef Dańko, Dariusz Drożyński, Mateusz Skrzyński, Agnieszka Roczniak, Daniel Robert Gruszka, Jarosław Jakubski and Sara Tapola
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2024, 25(10), 5496; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms25105496 - 17 May 2024
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Many years of foundry practice and much more accurate analytical methods have shown that sands with organic binders, in addition to their many technological advantages, pose risks associated with the emission of many compounds, including harmful ones (e.g., formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, polycyclic aromatic [...] Read more.
Many years of foundry practice and much more accurate analytical methods have shown that sands with organic binders, in addition to their many technological advantages, pose risks associated with the emission of many compounds, including harmful ones (e.g., formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and sulfur), arising during the pouring of liquid casting alloys into molds, their cooling, and knock-out. The aim of this research is to demonstrate the potential benefits of adopting inorganic binders in European iron foundries. This will improve the environmental and working conditions by introducing cleaner and more ecological production methods, while also ranking the tested binders studied in terms of their harmful content. The article pays special attention to the analysis of seven innovative inorganic binders and one organic binder, acting as a reference for emissions of gases from the BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes) and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) groups and other compounds such as phenol, formaldehyde, and isocyanates (MDI and TDI) generated during the mold pouring process with liquid metals. The knowledge gained will, for the first time, enrich the database needed to update the Reference Document on The Best Available Techniques for the Smitheries and Foundries Industry (SF BREF). Full article
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