Special Issue "Biodegradable Polymers: From Synthesis to the Market"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Paola Rizzarelli
Guest Editor
Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Via P. Gaifami 18 - 95126 Catania, Italy
Interests: biodegradable polymers; mass spectrometry; polymer degradation; biodegradation tests of plastic materials; bioplastics; food packaging; compostable materials; waste management; ATRP; drug-delivery systems; polymeric devices for biomedical applications; 3D printing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades, worldwide consumption and applications of biodegradable materials have undoubtedly increased. At present, several different kinds of biodegradable polymers have been developed and introduced into the market with an estimation of a rising share in the next years. In fact, waste management concerns, recent legislative choices, and widened health and ecological consciousness will further extend the market of biodegradable polymers. Of particular interest is reducing or eliminating plastic waste through controlled landfilling and in the marine environment. At the moment, innovative research on biodegradable polymers can provide relevant support in different fields towards a sustainable future.
This Special Issue will focus on challenges and innovations related to the synthesis, characterization, processing, and degradation of biodegradable polymers and their applications to food packaging and biomedical or agricultural fields. The scope of this Issue can be expanded from the design to the manufacture, properties, and applications of biodegradable polymers, which would benefit both academia and industry. The Special Issue could stimulate a broad range of market-driven studies, leading to a significant advancement in this cutting-edge field.
Different synthesis procedures, characterization techniques or strategies, degradation studies, and material performances related to specific applications will be covered, and novel insights highlighted.
Reviews, mini-reviews, original articles, and short communications underlining the present and future of biodegradable polymers, dealing with design, characterization, technology development, and degradation features for different market applications are welcome.

Dr. Paola Rizzarelli
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Biodegradable materials;
  • Bioresorbable polymers;
  • Synthesis;
  • Characterization;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Degradation;
  • Biodegradation test;
  • Food packaging;
  • Drug-delivery systems;
  • Waste management.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Compostable polylactide and cellulose based packaging for fresh-cut cherry tomatoes: performance evaluation and influence of sterilization treatment

Marco Rapisardaa, Cristina Patanèb, Alessandra Pellegrinob, Angelo Malvucciob, Valeria Rizzoc, Giuseppe Muratorec, Paola Rizzarellia*

a CNR – Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali (IPCB) - SS di Catania, via P. Gaifami 18, 95126 Catania, Italy

b CNR – Istituto per la Valorizzazione del Legno e delle Specie Arboree (IVALSA), SS di Catania, via P. Gaifami 18, 95126 Catania, Italy

c Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment – Di3A, University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 98, 95123 Catania, Italy

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