Special Issue "Sustainable Reactive Processing of Raw Materials and Polymer Compounds"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Uwe Gohs
Guest Editor
Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Interests: reactive electron treatment, fibre reinforced polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global warming and increased environmental pollution have stimulated the use of renewable polymers and sustainable processing methods for the preparation of environmentally friendly, high-performance polymer compounds with tailored functionality. Reactive compounding, which combines the physical and chemical modification of polymers, is used for reactive blending, functionalisation, long chain branching, grafting and dynamic vulcanisation. In state-of-the-art reactive compounding, the use of thermally sensitive reaction initiators limits the environmental compatibility of the process. Consequently, there is a need for alternative reaction initiators. This Special Issue aims to present a collection of the latest research on sustainable reactive processes for the chemical modification of raw materials (fibres, fillers), polymers and polymer compounds by biological (e.g., enzymes) and physical (e.g., electromagnetic fields, electron and plasma treatment, laser, microwaves) methods. Contributions on recent experimental and theoretical aspects aiming to understand the reaction mechanisms and effects on the interface/interphase and chemical, mechanical, physical and thermal properties of compound components are welcome. Reports of research studies on biomaterial-based polymer compounds prepared by sustainable processes and on the challenges of green chemistry are also of interest.

Dr. Uwe Gohs
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • green reactive processing
  • polymers
  • fibers, fillers
  • enzyme modification
  • electromagnetic treatment
  • electron treatment
  • laser treatment
  • microwave treatment
  • plasma treatment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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