Special Issue "Synthesis and Applications of Biopolymer Composites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (26 November 2018)
Prof. Dr. Ana María Díez-Pascual
Prof. Patrizia Cinelli
Universita di Pisa, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Pisa University, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122, Pisa, Italy
Interests: biodegradable polymers, sustainability, biobased, composites, nanocomposites
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on research to replace petroleum-based commodity plastics with biodegradable and biocompatible polymers in a cost-effective manner. However, biopolymers generally present poor mechanical properties, limited processing capability and end-use application. In order to overcome these issues, and develop advanced materials for a wide range of applications, biopolymers can be reinforced with fillers or nanofillers. The nanostructures exhibit higher specific surface area, surface energy and density compared to conventional microfillers, and lead to materials with new and improved properties, hence are advantageous from an application viewpoint.
This Special Issue is planned to bring together a number of original papers and reviews covering (but not restricted to) the following topics:
- Novel fabrication methods of biopolymer-based composites
- Structure-property relationships in biopolymer composites
- Properties of natural polymers, biopolymers, their blends and composites (mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, chemical, magnetic, etc.)
- Applications of reinforced polymeric biomaterials
- Biopolymer composites in electronics
- Biopolymer composites in water purification
- Antibacterial activity of biopolymer-based composites
- Biomedical applications of biopolymer-based composites
- Biopolymer composites in packaging and food industry
- Future perspectives for biopolymeric nanomaterials
Prof. Patrizia Cinelli
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- Mechanical properties
- Biomedical applications
- Antibacterial activity