Special Issue "Development of High-Performance Biobased Polyesters"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nejib Kasmi
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Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 56-58, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: design of biobased (co)/polyesters; bioplastics; melt polycondensation; 2,5-Furan dicarboxylic acid-based polymers; solid-state polycondensation; Isosorbide; polyester blends; crystallization behaviour; ring opening polymerization; isocyanate-free polyurethane; renewable resources-derived polymers
Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bikiaris
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Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece
Interests: synthesis and characterization of polyesters; development of biobased polymers; biodegradable polymers; polymer composites and nanocomposites; synthesis and characterization of copolymers; polymer blends; recycling of polymers with various techniques; modification of natural polymers; polymer for wastewater treatment pollutant removal; polymers for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications; drug–polymer solid dispersions; drug targeting; drug nanoencapsulation and microencapsulation
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Prof. Dr. Minna Hakkarainen
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Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 56-58, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: development of degradable, biobased and/or recyclable polymers; polymer degradation and recycling; valorization of waste/by-products to value added chemicals and carbon products for further utilization in design of new additives, polymers and composites; additive manufacturing; materials for packaging, biomedical and environmental applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over recent years, extensive research has been performed—both in academic and industrial contexts—with the shared aim of developing high-performance bio-based polyesters. This class of polymers is attracting a tremendous level of interest owing to the rapid and imminent depletion of petroleum raw materials, alongside the serious environmental issues associated with their use and extraction.

In this context, thanks to the technological advancements and a surge in scientific studies, a great deal of work has recently been devoted to the conversion of biomass (polysaccharides, lignin, vegetable oils, sugars, terpenes, etc.) into numerous sustainable aromatic/aliphatic/cyclic building blocks in the form of diacids and diols. These promising monomers (diacids, such as 2,5-furandicarboxylic, itaconic, lactic, vanillic, succinic, 3-hydroxypropionic, azelaic, sebacic, terephthalic and levulinic acids etc. and glycols, such as isosorbide, 1,2,4-butanetriol, ethylene glycol, 1,3-propanediol, 1,2,6-hexanetriol, glycerol, etc.; to name but a few) provide access to a wide range of functional (co)polyesters that possess unique features and superior properties. The latter may endow them with a great potential to be used for a huge variety of practical applications. To achieve this goal, concerted efforts have been made to develop the biotechnology necessary for biorefinery infrastructure. The latter plays an important role in establishing the concept of a “circular bioeconomy”, which has been increasingly cited in the scientific literature since 2016. To summarize, success in developing renewable feedstock-derived polyesters heralds the opportunity to build a green material orientated world, thereby moving away from fossil fuels to a biobased economy, which is clearly the desire of communities.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the recent progress on the synthesis, characterization, investigation of properties, and applications of polyesters derived from natural feedstocks, including their copolyesters, polyester blends and (nano)composites.

Dr. Nejib Kasmi
Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bikiaris
Prof. Dr. Minna Hakkarainen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • biobased polyesters
  • renewable monomers
  • biodegradable polyesters
  • aliphatic polyesters
  • copolyesters
  • aliphatic-aromatic polyesters
  • isosorbide
  • 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid
  • 1,10-decanediol
  • Bioplastics

Published Papers

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