Special Issue "Natural Polymers and Biopolymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017).
The price volatility of oil-based monomers and the increasing concern from the civil society for health, environment, and sustainability issues, have urged chemists around the planet to look for alternatives to fossil-based derivatives, especially in the field of polymers. The past fifteen years have seen a booming number of articles and review describing the use of bio-resources as a starting point for original polymer chemistry. Working directly with crude products, such as chitosan, cellulose, or lignin, or using building blocks from biomass, such as terpenes or vanillin derivatives, researchers have developed elegant ways to synthesize functional monomers and polymers for various applications, in binders, coatings, composites and nano- and multi-scale structured-materials. Hence, these latest developments not only created a library of polymeric materials exhibiting a wide range of properties to fulfill the requirements of various industrial applications, but they also improved our knowledge and understanding of the structure and reactivity of the complex biomass.
This Special Issue on "Natural Polymers and Biopolymers" will present on cutting edge research works, focusing on the use of bio-resources for polymeric materials. It will demonstrate that the field of “green polymers” is still gaining increased attention, highlighting that natural and biopolymers, with their interesting and original properties, are destined to replace their oil-based competitors.
Dr. Sylvain Caillol
Dr. Guillaume Couture
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- Bio-based molecules
- Chemical functionalization
- Structure characterization
- Thermal properties
- Mechanical properties