Special Issue "Advances in the Circularity of Polymeric and Composite Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Patricia Krawczak
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Centre for Materials and Processes, IMT Lille-Douai, Institut Mines-Télécom, Douai, France
Interests: advanced composites; polymer composites; composites manufacturing and properties; polymer processing and properties; advanced manufacturing; additive manufacturing and 3D printing; structural health monitoring; recycling; bio-based polymers and composites
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Dr. Sary Awad
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Département Systèmes énergétiques et environnement/ GEPEA UMR-CNRS 6144, IMT Atlantique, Institut Mines-Télécom, Nantes, France
Interests: pyrolysis; alternative fuels; thermochemical processes; hydrothermal liquefaction; internal combustion engines; multiphysics modeling; alternative fuels; engine tests; energy recovery
Dr. Florentin Berthet
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Institut Clément Ader (ICA), IMT Mines Albi, Institut Mines-Télécom, Albi, France
Interests: advanced composites; polymer composites; composites manufacturing and properties; recycling of composites; recycled carbon fibers; steam thermolysis; composites waste; mechanical properties
Prof. Dr. José-Marie Lopez-Cuesta
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Centre des Matériaux des Mines d'Alès, Ecole des Mines d'Alès, 6 Avenue de Clavières, 30319 Alès, CEDEX, France
Interests: nanocomposites; biobased composites; flame retardancy; additive manufacturing; recycling and life cycle analysis of polymer and composites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymeric and composite materials are ubiquitous today. However, to improve their sustainability, it is of paramount importance to make sure that their waste does not end up in landfill or in the environment, and to find ways to recover and reuse these materials in useful and profitable applications. To contribute to building a resource-efficient future, it has become essential to put them in the loop of a more circular economy.

Eco-design, including design for recycling, has become the watchword, with several recycling techniques available and competing to achieve this ambitious goal. There is also an increasing number of attempts to reuse constitutive products recovered that way by reincorporating them into new materials or high value-added applications. Which methods achieve which objectives, however, and which make sense for various feedstocks?

This Special Issue welcomes papers (original research articles, state-of-the art reviews, short communications, perspectives, viewpoints, opinions, concept papers or case reports) on the latest advances and development of recycling, recovery, and reuse of polymeric and composite materials. Suggested contributions may address materials, processing, sorting, design, performance, or application issues, with either experimental or numerical approaches.

Prof. Dr. Patricia Krawczak
Dr. Sary Awad
Dr. Florentin Berthet
Prof. Dr. José-Marie Lopez-Cuesta
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • circular economy
  • recycling and recovery
  • recycling-by-design, design for recycling
  • upcyling
  • mechanical, chemical, or thermal recycling
  • solvolysis
  • depolymerization
  • thermolysis, pyrolysis, gasification
  • advanced sorting
  • waste materials
  • polymers, plastics
  • composites, fiber-reinforced plastics
  • thermoplastics, thermosets
  • glass, carbon or plant-based fibers
  • alternative fuels
  • engine tests
  • energy recovery

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Circulatory Management of Polymer Waste: Recycling into Fine Fibers and Their Applications
Materials 2021, 14(16), 4694; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14164694 - 20 Aug 2021
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In modern society, it is impossible to imagine life without polymeric materials. However, managing the waste composed of these materials is one of the most significant environmental issues confronting us in the present day. Recycling polymeric waste is the most important action currently [...] Read more.
In modern society, it is impossible to imagine life without polymeric materials. However, managing the waste composed of these materials is one of the most significant environmental issues confronting us in the present day. Recycling polymeric waste is the most important action currently available to reduce environmental impacts worldwide and is one of the most dynamic areas in industry today. Utilizing this waste could not only benefit the environment but also promote sustainable development and circular economy management. In its program statement, the European Union has committed to support the use of sorted polymeric waste. This study reviews recent attempts to recycle this waste and convert it by alternative technologies into fine, nano-, and microscale fibers using electrospinning, blowing, melt, or centrifugal spinning. This review provides information regarding applying reprocessed fine fibers in various areas and a concrete approach to mitigate the threat of pollution caused by polymeric materials. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in the Circularity of Polymeric and Composite Materials)
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