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Special Issue "Renewable Nanomaterials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Amir Sheikhi

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics (C-MIT), Department of Bioengineering, University of California-Los Angeles, 570 Westwood Plaza, CNSI 4523, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Interests: Soft matter; Colloidal systems; Macromolecules; Hydrogels; Active interfaces; Biomaterials; Nanocelluloses
Guest Editor
Prof. Mehdi Tajvidi

School of Forest Resources and Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 04469 USA
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Interests: Cellulose nanomaterials; Composites; Mechanical properties; Viscoelasticity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural bio-products have received significant attention in the past decade with regard to the development of advanced functional materials for a myriad of applications, including energy conversion and storage, environmental remediation, healthcare, food, hygiene, personal care, and cosmetics. Converting naturally-derived materials to micro- and nanoscale features may provide additional physico-chemical improvements over the bulk counterparts, encompassing increased surface area, functional group density, colloidal stability, dispersibility, homogeneity, and porosity, which have contributed to advancing the field of sustainable development. Accordingly, the field of sustainable nanomaterials has emerged as one of the most promising infrastructures for addressing the unmet challenges of the 21st century.

This Special Issue endeavors to gather the expert opinions and recent advances in the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of state-of-the-art, nanotechnology-enabled renewable material platforms, including polysaccharide-, lipid-, and protein-based nanomaterials. These nanomaterials span from nanocelluloses, to nanoscale pectin, starch, alginate, carrageenan, agarose, lignin, zein, soy and wheat proteins, phospholipids, fatty acids, phytosterols, cardanol, pollen grains, and other naturally-derived nanoengineered materials. Authors are welcome to submit their original research and/or review articles.

Dr. Amir Sheikhi
Prof. Mehdi Tajvidi
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. 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 1800 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.


  • Sustainable nanotechnology
  • Polysaccharide nanomaterials
  • Protein nanomaterials
  • Renewable lipids
  • Pollen grains
  • Nanocellulose
  • Drug delivery
  • Energy and environment
  • Sensors and flexible electronics
  • Personal care
  • Barrier films and membranes
  • Rheology modifiers
  • Binders

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