Special Issue "Engineering Bionanocomposites for Functional Applications"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 April 2019).
Nanostructured composites based on biomaterials can be referred to as bionanocomposites. They have been emerging as sustainable hybrid alternatives in various applications where non-degradable polymer composites have been traditionally exploited. In the last decade or so, they have been actively researched in several technology areas, including regenerative medicine, electronics, food packaging, and water remediation. They are designed by intelligently combining natural polymers and inorganic or organic solids and nanomaterials, and feature nanoscale dimensional attributes. Properties inherent to biopolymers such as biocompatibility and biodegradability render them highly suitable for regenerative medicine, and even for food science and technology. Sometimes, known as green nanocomposites, their development and application merge as a new interdisciplinary field closely related to significant topics such as polymer science, graphene, biomineralization processes, emulsion science and technology, bioinspired materials, and biomimetic systems.
This special issue intends to attract both research and review articles on the fabrication, characterization, and functional applications of bionanocomposites. Topics of interest are thermomechanical properties of bionanocomposites, sustainable electronic materials employing graphene, cellulose-based nanocomposites, bionanocomposites for drug delivery, food packaging, tissue engineering in regenerative medicine, bio-based sensor applications, and finally, biodegradable nanostructured hydrogels.
Prof. Dr. Ilker Bayer
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- biopolymer nanocomposites
- polylactic acid
- biopolymer–graphene composites
- hydrogel nanocomposites