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Special Issue "Natural and Industrial Waste Based Polymer Composites: Processing, Characterization and Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Analysis and Characterization".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2023 | Viewed by 4054
Special Issue Editors
Interests: advanced polymer composites; multifunctional materials; nanomaterials; biopolymers and composites; materials chracterisation; 3D printing and additive manufacturing; recycling of polymers and composites
Interests: plastic forming processes (injection moulding, thermoforming, blow moulding, extrusion); constitutive materials modelling of highly nonlinear polymeric systems; natural and synthetic polymers; fibre reinforced composites; nanocomposites; characterization of process-structure-property relationships of different polymeric systems
Special Issue Information
Driven by rapid urbanization and growing populations, the global annual waste generated by agricultural, industrial and urban activities continuously increases and causes devastating environmental pollution. The escalating issues associated with waste generation demands special administration. One sustainable waste management approach is to utilise solid waste from industrial, urban/municipal, and agriculture/forest activities as reinforcements in polymer composites. The benefits of using waste materials in polymer composites include, but are not limited to, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas (CO2 and CH4) emissions, minimising landfills, reducing climate change, carbon footprint and ecological risk to the natural ecosystem, reducing energy consumption, and promoting sustainability. Sustainable natural and industrial waste-based polymer composites could stand out to be the leading next-generation engineering materials, with their customizable manufacturing flexibility, low cost, renewability, high strength, biodegradability, good fire resistance and chemical and thermal endurance properties, while also being eco-friendly and energy efficient.
This Special Issue considers the recent advances in the research and development of waste-based polymer composites: processing, characterization and applications. It is our pleasure to invite materials scientists, polymer science engineers, chemical engineers and researchers in related fields of engineering and technology to submit original research papers, reviews and short communications covering (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Industrial waste from mills, chemical and food industries, mining operations, textile industry, etc., in polymer composites;
- Municipal solid waste such as animals and human residues or inorganic solid residues include plastic, packages, rubber, glass, construction and demolition wastes in polymer composites;
- Agricultural waste, including manure from livestock operations, crop residues in the farm and other wastes from poultry houses and slaughterhouses, etc., in polymer composites;
- End-of-life part/component reprocessed solid waste from aerospace, automotive, marine, sport industries, etc., in polymer composites.
Dr. Ing Kong
Dr. Kim Yeow Tshai
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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 semimonthly 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 2400 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.
- polymer composites
- industrial waste
- municipal solid waste
- agricultural waste
- processing, characterization and applications