Special Issue "Environmentally Sustainable Solutions to Polymeric Waste Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Valentina Beghetto
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi, Università Ca'Foscari Venezia, Via Torino 155, Venezia Mestre, Italy
Interests: organic chemistry; catalysis; coordination chemistry; biochemistry; genetics and molecular biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymers and plastics are common constituents of many daily life products, widely employed for their light weight, versatility, safety of use, and durability. Nevertheless, plastic waste is becoming a serious problem for the environment due to its high stability in time, requiring several hundred years to degrade. The environmental impact of these materials concerns mainly waste and end-of-life management but inevitably involves the entire production chain.
Many studies have been published proposing product and process innovation which may contribute to reduce the burden of plastic in the future. There is really no one solution but a set of complementary and alternative activities and technologies that may all together contribute to reduce the production and impact of petrochemical derived plastics and polymers.
The aim of this Special Issue of the journal Materials is to publish original research and review articles tackling the problem of petrochemical derived polymers and plastic materials, reporting environmentally sustainable solutions such as:

  • Recovery, recycle, and reuse of plastic waste as secondary primary starting material;
  • Alternative processes, also catalytic, for the substitution of petrochemical derived materials with biopolymers;
  • Life cycle assessment and life cycle cost evaluation;
  • Innovation in the production chain and waste management;
  • Environmental analysis of alternative product/process.

Dr. Valentina Beghetto
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • recovery, recycle, reuse
  • green chemistry
  • circular economy
  • process/product innovation
  • biopolymers
  • waste management
  • LCA/LC

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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