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Special Issue "Multi-Functional Materials from Lignin and Nanocelluloses"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ngoc A. Nguyen
Guest Editor
Department of Printing Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam
Interests: smart and functional materials; morphology control of polymers and biomass-based nanocomposites; rheology combined with thermal, mechanical and scattering techniques for both polymer solutions andpolymer melts; macromolecular self-assembly, thin film fabrication and characterization of semiconducting polymers and energy devices
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lignin and nanocelluloses have excellent intrinsic chemical, structural, and physical characteristics that can be modified and integrated into different polymeric mediums to obtain unique properties for various applications such as membranes, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, healthcare, automotive, and flexible electronics. Particularly, smart materials are emerging with the ability to sense and respond to certain external stimuli, to remember and recover their original shapes after deforming, or to self-heal after breaking their structures. This Special Issue covers novel discoveries and developments of lignin and nanocelluloses for functional macromolecular structures such as sensors, shape-memory, and self-healing materials. The details of materials designs, chemistries, working mechanisms, and processing techniques, as well as their specific applications, are included. Additionally, the rapid growth of additive manufacturing has opened a new avenue to process these smart bio-based materials and to create three-dimensional (3D) structures with the desired functionalities for potential applications in soft-robotics and skin-inspired electronics. The use of this advanced manufacturing technique to valorize lignin and nanocelluloses is also covered. I would like to invite you to submit original research papers, communications, and reviews for the Special Issue “Multi-Functional Materials from Lignin and Nanocelluloses”.

Dr. Ngoc A. Nguyen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Molecules 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.


  • lignin
  • nanocelluloses
  • functional materials
  • self-healing
  • stimuli responsive
  • shape memory
  • sensors
  • biomaterials
  • hydrogels
  • drug delivery
  • molecular assembly
  • nanocomposites
  • 3D-printing
  • 4D-printing

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