Special Issue "Natural Polymer Materials and Their Derivatives Building a Sustainable Biorefinery Platform"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2023 | Viewed by 110

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Uroš Novak
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Guest Editor
Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: biopolymers; green chemistry; circular economy; active packaging
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Dr. Lidija Čuček
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Maribor, Smetanova ulica 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Interests: supply networks optimization; renewable energy; process integration; sustainability assessment; sustainable technologies; circular economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Starch and cellulose are the most abundant natural polymers on Earth. They are readily available worldwide, are renewable, and represent potential candidates to build a sustainable biorefinery platform. Natural polymers from biomass resources present an attractive alternative to conventional synthetic polymers. Due to their renewable origin and the possibility to extract nano-sized particles and a plethora of platform chemicals, they have a substantial potential for utilization in various sectors, replacing fossil fuel refinery. Additionally, the reactivity of the surface groups in polymers can be functionalized to tailor materials according to the needs of applications.

This Special Issue invites contributions (original works as well as reviews) where natural polymer materials or their derivates present a major role in the research. Research works dealing with surface modification and evaluation of the properties are invited to be a part of this Special Issue. Furthermore, we are interested in novel and well-described applications of natural polymers and polymer-based materials, and their extension to the conversion of natural polymers and resources into manufactured goods such as packaging, pulp, textiles, and as well natural fibers, and to the chemistry used in their processing. Finally, contributions related to polymers supply chain analysis, scale-up, techno-economic and environmental analyses, technological innovation, waste management and circular economy approaches are welcomed.

Dr. Uroš Novak
Dr. Lidija Čuček
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • natural polymer materials
  • biorefinery
  • (nano)composites
  • chemical modification of polymers, biopolymer applications
  • scale-up
  • techno-economics
  • environmental evaluation
  • advanced modelling, simulation and optimization
  • circular economy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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