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Special Issue "Green Compounds from Bio-Sources: Characterizations, Innovative Productions and Advanced Technological Applications"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dino Musmarra

Department of Engineering, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Real Casa dell’Annunziata, Via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE), Italy
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Interests: innovative applications for biomass valorisation; value-added compound production; green molecule production; advanced treatment technologies; biorefinery; green extraction processes
Guest Editor
Prof. Sante Capasso

University spin-off Environmental Technologies Ltd, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Via Vivaldi 43, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Interests: green compound production; bio-molecule characterization; advanced technologies for biomass valorisation; advanced oxidation processes; advanced analytical techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The production of value-added compounds from bio-sources is becoming a ground-breaking topic in both research and the industrial world because of the need to adapt the industrial sectors to sustainable, green, and source-saving production systems, as well as in the framework of the circular economy concept. The Special Issue “Green Compounds from Bio-Sources: Characterization, Innovative Production, and Advanced Technological Applications” focuses on the latest developments in the main aspects of the production of green molecules from bio and renewable sources, highlighting all the innovative technologies for their characterization, production, and sustainable application. The ambition of this Special Issue is to publish both reviews and research articles reporting and discussing modelling and experimental approaches on innovative applications for biomass valorisation, advanced technologies for the production of green by-products and value-added compounds, advanced analytical and characterization techniques of bio-molecules, biorefinery for biomass conversion and CO2 capture, and extraction technologies and purification treatments, taking into account the concepts of circular economy and green and sustainable impacts. The production of green compounds can also lead to the formation of undesired by-products that have to be removed from the environment in order to avoid any potential contamination; therefore, this Special Issue is also presenting some advanced technologies for by-product treatment.

This Special Issue aims at providing key information for the industrial sectors in which the valorisation and use of green compounds and bio-sources are fundamental topics such as pharmaceutical production, animal foods, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics.

Prof. Dr. Dino Musmarra
Prof. Sante Capasso
Guest Editors

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  • Innovative applications
  • Biomass valorisation
  • Value-added compound production
  • Green molecule production
  • Advanced treatment technologies
  • Bio-molecule characterization
  • Innovative technologies
  • Biorefinery
  • Extraction
  • Separation
  • Purification
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainability
  • By-product treatment
  • Advanced analytical techniques.

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Preparation and Characterization of Isosorbide-Based Self-Healable Polyurethane Elastomers with Thermally Reversible Bonds
Molecules 2019, 24(6), 1061; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24061061
Received: 14 February 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
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Polyurethane (PU) is a versatile polymer used in a wide range of applications. Recently, imparting PU with self-healing properties has attracted much interest to improve the product durability. The self-healing mechanism conceivably occurs through the existence of dynamic reversible bonds over a specific [...] Read more.
Polyurethane (PU) is a versatile polymer used in a wide range of applications. Recently, imparting PU with self-healing properties has attracted much interest to improve the product durability. The self-healing mechanism conceivably occurs through the existence of dynamic reversible bonds over a specific temperature range. The present study investigates the self-healing properties of 1,4:3,6-dianhydrohexitol-based PUs prepared from a prepolymer of poly(tetra-methylene ether glycol) and 4,4′-methylenebis(phenyl isocyanate) with different chain extenders (isosorbide or isomannide). PU with the conventional chain extender 1,4-butanediol was prepared for comparison. The urethane bonds in 1,4:3,6-dianhydrohexitol-based PUs were thermally reversible (as confirmed by the generation of isocyanate peaks observed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) at mildly elevated temperatures and the PUs showed good mechanical properties. Especially the isosorbide-based polyurethane showed potential self-healing ability under mild heat treatment, as observed in reprocessing tests. It is inferred that isosorbide, bio-based bicyclic diol, can be employed as an efficient chain extender of polyurethane prepolymers to improve self-healing properties of polyurethane elastomers via reversible features of the urethane bonds. Full article

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