Special Issue "Novel Biodegradable and Renewable Polymer-Based Nanohybrids and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2020.
2 BCMaterials, Basque Center Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, UPV/EHU Science Park, 48940 Leioa, Spain.
Interests: renewable materials; polymers; nanomaterials; cellulose nanocrystals; cellulose derivatives; energy storage; environmental remediation; multifunctional properties
Thanks to their low cost, ease of processing, and immense possibilities in tailoring their chemical and physical properties, polymers represent a leading class of material worldwide. Unfortunately, improper waste disposal policies have led to tremendous negative impacts on the biosphere, making them one of the biggest threats that faces our society. Being aware of the environmental burden associated with the “scourge of plastic”, it is up to scientists and industries to provide innovative alternatives to tackle this threat to humanity.
Biodegradable and renewable polymer-based nanohybrids emerge as a viable alternative to high “carbon footprint” petroleum-derived plastics, as they combine the biodegradability/renewability of the hosting matrix with improved functional properties arising from the incorporation of nanoparticles. In this sense, flagship polymers include but are not limited to polyesters, polysaccharides such as cellulose and chitin, certain classes of polyurethanes and polycarbonates, and polyanhydrides. With a plethora of opportunities arising from the combination of biodegradable/renewable polymers and nanoparticles, these systems offer exciting opportunities to design and synthesize novel multifunctional materials and devices. These are aimed to be applied in the fields of medicine, packaging, energy storage, catalysis, water purification, sensors, and actuators. Thanks to such propitious characteristics, it is expected that polymeric nanohybrids may take the lead in the transition to a sustainable society.
This Special Issue seeks to address recent developments in novel nanohybrids based on biodegradable and renewable polymers in a comprehensive way. Manuscripts dealing with the synthesis of novel biodegradable/renewable polymers, nanoparticles/nanohybrids/nanocomposites, functionalization, processing, multifunctional properties, novel applications, life cycle assessment (LCA), and recycling will be considered. Full papers, communications, and reviews covering these subjects are welcome.
Dr. Erlantz Lizundia
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- Biobased/biodegradable polymers
- Sustainable and renewable materials
- Interface modification
- Smart and multifunctional properties
- Energy storage
- Life cycle assessment (LCA)
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.
1. Supramolecular hydrogels based on inclusion complexes of α-cyclodextrin and polymeric nanoparticles
Adrian Domiński, Tomasz Konieczny, Piotr Kurcok*
Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 34, M. Curie-Sklodowskiej St., 41-819 Zabrze, Poland; [email protected]
Abstract: Supramolecular hydrogels, due to rheological properties and biocompatibility, have gained considerable attention over the last decade in tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery systems. They are formed as a result of dynamic non-covalent bonds between various building blocks (host-guest interactions, hydrogen bonds etc.). Comparing with typical chemical crosslinking (covalent linkages), supramolecular crosslinking as a type of physical interaction is characterized by facility and flexibility when creating a variety of "intelligent" hydrogels. Hydrophilic chains of polymeric nanoparticles can penetrate into the cavity of α-cyclodextrin and form polypseudorotaxanes, which subsequently undergoes self-assembly and supramolecular gels are formed. The supramolecular gels based on the self-assembly incorporation between α-cyclodextrin „host” and polymeric nanoparticle „guest” are promising biocompatible and biodegradable materials in the wide range of applications.
Aim of this work, is a comprehensive presentation of mechanism and kinetics of formation as well as microstructure of such polypseudorotaxanes. The advances in development of supramolecular hydrogels based on host-guest interaction between α-CD and self-assembled amphiphilic polymeric nanoparticles has also been described.