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Special Issue "Biosynthesis and Biodegradation—Eco-Concept for 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: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Wanda Sikorska
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Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences, 34, M. Curie-Sklodowska St., 41-819 Zabrze, Poland
Interests: polyester synthesis; (bio)degradation studies; organic recycling; biodegradable polymers
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Dr. Joanna Rydz
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Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials Polish Academy of Sciences, Zabrze, Poland
Interests: biobased or/and biodegradable polymers; polyesters; (bio)degradation; prediction study
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Dr. Marta Musioł
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Guest Editor
Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials Polish Academy of Sciences, Zabrze, Poland
Interests: biodegradable or/and compostable polymers; biocomposites; (bio)degradation; composting
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research on the design, characterization, production, and development of environmentally friendly and sustainable materials with higher efficiency and lower costs, in particular resource-efficient materials, is a rapidly growing field. The European Union strategy identifies the most important actions that national and regional authorities as well as industry should take. The current advanced production chain combines various intermediate links, such as raw material suppliers, producers of high-value polymer materials, and waste recyclers. Both biosynthesis, such as the production of complex chemicals from simpler precursors as a result of enzymatic reactions by a living organism, and biodebradation, such as the decomposition of substances catalyzed by enzymes in vivo, fit into the assumptions of green chemistry, which uses a set of principles that limit or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances when designing, manufacturing, and using chemical products.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide a contemporary overview of the latest developments in the field of materials, in particular, the latest breakthroughs and approaches in the science of bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers leading to the development of the new-generation. resource-efficient, environmentally friendly, and sustainable polymer materials as a new eco-concept for polymer materials for the circular economy. Reviews, original scientific research articles, case reports, letters, and short communications, covering aspects of the current trends in the expansion of such materials are all welcome.

Dr. Wanda Sikorska
Dr. Joanna Rydz
Dr. Marta Musioł
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • materials for a sustainable future
  • current barriers and future needs of environmentally friendly polymers
  • latest breakthroughs and approaches in the molecular sciences
  • bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers based on natural, renewable, and synthetic polymers
  • synthesis, design, characterization, and development of innovative, technologically advanced, adaptable, and multifunctional bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers in chemistry, biology, and medicine
  • relationships between structure, properties, functions, and performance of bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers
  • sustainability, recycling, environmental issues of bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers
  • commercial applications: concepts, methodologies, and tools
  • applications in the medical, pharmaceutical, dental, packaging, food service, agricultural, horticultural, aeronautical, automotive, transportation, building, construction, consumer goods, electric, and electronic sectors
  • 3D printing for personalized consumer products

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