Special Issue "Green Composites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
Interests: green composites; biocomposites; biodegradable polymers; polymer processing; mechanical behaviour of polymer-based systems; rheological behaviour of polymer-based systems; nanocomposites; polymer blends; aging of polymer-based systems; asphalts
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Special Issue in Materials: Green Composites: Challenges and Opportunities
The recent concerns in terms of environmental protection and the search for more and more versatile and polymer-based materials has led to an increasing interest in the use of polymer composites filled with natural-organic fillers (biodegradable and/or coming from renewable resources) as a replacement for traditional mineral-inorganic fillers, with the aim to reduce the use of petroleum-derived, non-renewable resources and to achieve a more intelligent utilization of environmental and financial resources. These “green composites” are very promising, can find applications in several fields (automotive, construction, furnishing, etc.) and a further degree of environmental friendliness is achieved when also the polymer matrix is biodegradable and/or coming from renewable sources. On the other hand, some issues may occur regarding ductility, dimensional stability, and processability. This requires an effort from the research community in order finding the best solutions (which can rely on a suitable choice of the components and their amounts, chemical modifications, use of adhesion promoters, and additives) and it is of fundamental importance to investigate new formulations and to refine the processing techniques. The market for these composites is currently increasing its volumes, and this trend will certainly go on, leading to further reduction of costs and improvements of the quality of the composites, as well as a broadening of the application range.
In this Special Issue, we aim at providing a comprehensive overview of recent developments in this field. Reviews, full papers, short communications, covering the many aspects of the current research on green composites are all welcome.
Dr. Marco Morreale
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- processing of green composites
- rheology of green composites
- characterization and structure-property relationships of green composites
- chemical modification of natural-organic fillers
- synthesis and characterization of biodegradable polymer matrices for application in green composites
- polymer-natural organic filler adhesion promoters
- environmental impact and LCA of green composites
- industrial and commercial applications of green composites
- testing of green composites