Special Issue "Nanocomposites from Renewable Resources"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 February 2021.
Interests: soft condensed matter and complex fluids; biomaterials and bio-based nanocomposites; bio-adhesion and tissue engineering; nanofluids and targeted drug delivery; interfacial and surface phenomena; self-assembly of hierarchically-organized multifunctional nanostructures, and related applications
Nanocomposites from renewable resources constitute the new frontier in the development of novel materials that are cheap, versatile, and environmentally benign. In such nanocomposites, at least one of the components, such as the matrix or the filler, is biocompatible, biodegradable, and available through natural renewal and abundance. The development of such advanced biocompatible nanocomposites is in line with the national and global strategic vision of promoting sustainable materials platforms for high-value products, devices, and processes.
The impact of this emerging field lies in its reduction on the dependence on nonrenewable raw materials, such as steel and plastics synthesized from petrochemicals. These types of nanocomposites are expected to combine the advantages of enhanced thermomechanical and physicochemical properties due to the contributions by the individual components, with the ease of disposal and recycling. However, a major challenge is the preservation of high material performance that should not be compromised by the use of cheap, benign, renewable precursors and should be coupled with the ease of disposal and minimal environmental footprint, which are unavailable for nonrecyclable composites. This is because, in contrast to many synthetic nanocomposites derived from petrochemicals, the degradation of renewable nanocomposites can be selectively triggered at the end of their service life by either bacterial or nonbacterial mechanisms.
Nanocomposites based on renewable and biocompatible filler and matrix materials may find specific applications in technologically important areas such as surgical implants, tissue engineering scaffolds, structural materials, coatings, and energy harvesting.
This Special Issue invites manuscripts concerning the design synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanocomposites from renewable resources. Special interest will be research that highlights the advantages in the use of renewable precursors over conventional raw materials based on petrochemicals and probes their applicability in traditional industries without loss of functionality. Original articles describing combinations of various renewable matrices and fillers and the use of novel processing consolidation techniques to achieve optimal material properties will be highly welcome.Prof. Rina Tannenbaum
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- Natural products
- Bio-based materials
- Bio-based fibers
- Biocompatible nanoparticles
- Cellulose nanowhiskers
- Environmental remediation
- Enzymatic degradation