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Special Issue "Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials: A New Chance for Our Future"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).
Interests: synthesis and full characterization of biodegradable and bio-based polymers used as packaging materials; life cycle assessment study (LCA) of polymers and packaging
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Polymers: Polymers for Packaging Applications
Special Issue in Resources: Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Resource Recovery from Waste Management Systems in a Circular Economy Perspective
Special Issue in Polymers: Gas Transport Behavior of Polymer Films
Special Issue in Materials: Packaging and Polymers: The New Generation
Special Issue in Polymers: Synthesis and Characterization of Bio-Based Polymers
Special Issue in Polymers: Biopolymer Modifications and Characterization
Special Issue in Materials: Advanced Polymeric Materials and Nanocomposites for Green Plastics and Biodegradable Packaging
Interests: bio-based polymers and their composites; cellulose modification; extrusion processing; foam products from polymers, nanocellulose, and nanocomposites; industrial bio-residue and waste disposal; thermoplastic and thermoset nanocomposites
The changing concerns of consumers and industry with regard to environmentally friendly technology on the topics safety, quality, and easy handling properties have further increased the interest of the field’s research community in eco-friendly polymers and plastics for different applications, such as packaging, the biomedical and cosmetic field, as well as for membrane formulation as a new tool for the removal of pollutants from water, wastewater, and air (polymer membrane separation technique). In reality, those materials are mostly obtained from fossil sources, but the depletion of petroleum reserves, the fluctuating price of petroleum-based products, and the stringent environmental regulations due to severe environmental pollution and waste management issues have prompted the use of chemicals derived from renewable resources in both the scientific and industrial communities. Among possible alternatives, polymers and membranes coming from natural compounds like sugar, polysaccharides, cellulose, and waste, especially food waste, are gaining even more interest, thanks to their bio-degradability, renewability, inherent environmental inertness, low price, and specific thermomechanical properties, as well as selectivity and permeability behavior. In addition, nanomaterials are promising candidates for this purpose, considered as the cutting edge of creating the next generation of polymers and polymers membranes.
The aim of this Special Issue is to collect the results concerning the synthesis, characterization, and structure–property relationship of those eco-friendly polymers and polymer membranes in order to reach the perfect optimization of their properties for their potential future application in every field of interest.
Prof. Valentina Siracusa
Prof. Mehdi Jonoobi
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. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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.
- biodegradable polymers
- bio-based polymers
- sustainable polymers
- polymers from waste
- eco-friendly materials
- cellulose membrane
- polymer filtration for water purification
- polymer filtration for air purification
- nanocomposite membrane based on cellulose
- polymer for biomedical application
- nanocomposite for cosmetic application
- structure–property relations
- gas barrier behavior