Special Issue "Natural Compounds for Natural Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Interests: structure/processing/properties relationships in polymers; biopolymers; micro- and nano- composites; polymers and biopolymers degradation and stabilization
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
In the continual quest for natural and renewable resource materials, fossil-based polymers have been gradually replaced by (bio)polymers. There is also a very important query related to the use of naturally occurring compounds that are able to improve and tune (bio)polymers’ performance and properties. This Special Issue is focused on our current understanding of the structure/processing/properties relationships in (bio)polymers containing naturally occurring compounds. Special attention is paid to (i) the two main (bio)polymer classes, i.e., starch-based biopolymers and biopolyesters, which offer suitable performance and properties for several industrial applications, such as the biomedical, agricultural, food packaging, and textile sectors; (ii) the supply and use of naturally occurring compounds, such as reinforcement fillers, antioxidant molecules, etc., which ensure the formulation of totally eco-friendly and sustainable materials; and (iii) the effect of processing conditions and additive concentrations on (bio)polymers’ performance, properties, durability, and biodegradation.
Prof. Nadka Tz. Dintcheva
Guest Editor / Editorial Board Member
- Natural resource materials
- Renewable materials
- Eco-friendly and sustainable materials
- Starch-based biopolymers
- Applications in biomedicine, agriculture, food packaging, and textiles