Special Issue "Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials: A New Chance for Our Future"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biopolymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Valentina Siracusa
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Prof. Mehdi Jonoobi
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Department of Wood and Paper Science and Technology, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran
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

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

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
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  • biopolymers
  • biodegradable polymers
  • bio-based polymers
  • sustainable polymers
  • polymers from waste
  • bio-polyesters
  • 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

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Effect of Eco-Friendly Cellulose Nanocrystals on Physical Properties of Cement Mortars
Polymers 2019, 11(12), 2088; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11122088 - 13 Dec 2019
Nanocellulose, being a material with nanodimensions, is characterized by high tensile strength, high modulus of elasticity, low thermal expansion, and relatively low density, as well as exhibiting very good electrical conductivity properties. The paper presents the results of research on cement mortars with [...] Read more.
Nanocellulose, being a material with nanodimensions, is characterized by high tensile strength, high modulus of elasticity, low thermal expansion, and relatively low density, as well as exhibiting very good electrical conductivity properties. The paper presents the results of research on cement mortars with the addition of nanocrystals cellulose, applied in three different amounts (0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5%) by weight of cement, including: physical and mechanical properties, frost resistance and resistance against the detrimental effect of salt, and microstructure examination (SEM). Along with an increase in amount of admixture, the weight loss following frost resistance and salt crystallization tests is reduced. Studies have shown that the addition of nanocrystalline cellulose improves the compressive and flexural strength by 27.6% and 10.9%, respectively. After 50 freezing and thawing (F–T) cycles for the mortars with 1.5% nanocellulose admixture, an improvement in frost resistance by 98% was observed. In turn, the sulfate crystallization tests indicated a 35-fold decrease in weight loss following 1.5% nanopolymer addition to the mortar. Full article
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