Special Issue "Performance and Application of Novel Biocomposites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Oisik Das
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Guest Editor
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Interests: biocomposites; biochar; flammability; nanoindentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability and safety along with strength are the cornerstones for the development of contemporary industrial products. Due to this, biocomposite materials are undergoing steady development which can be applied for numerous applications. However, biocomposites often times suffer from poor mechanical properties and are very susceptible to fire. As a consequence, new research should be devised in order to manufacture biocomposites with superior performance properties. This could be achieved using novel biobased reinforcements and natural polymer resins having attractive material characteristics.

The Special Issue, entitled “Performance and Application of Novel Biocomposites”, would serve as a platform for addressing the developments made in the field of polymer composites where innovative methods, materials, and processing are employed to enhance mechanical, fire, and functional properties. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: carbon-based materials (e.g., biochar and graphene), self-healing composites, flammability, nanoindentation, biopolymers (e.g., gluten), new processing and testing techniques, and fiber surface modifications.

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Prof. Dr. Oisik Das
Guest Editor

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.

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Keywords

  • biocomposites
  • flammability
  • carbon-based materials
  • self-healing
  • processing

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Durability Analysis of Formaldehyde/Solid Urban Waste Blends
Polymers 2019, 11(11), 1838; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11111838 - 08 Nov 2019
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Following the innovative research activity carried out in the framework of the POIROT (Italian acronym of dOmotic Platform for Inertization and tRaceability of Organic wasTe) Project, this work aims to optimize the composition of the blends between the organic fraction of municipal solid [...] Read more.
Following the innovative research activity carried out in the framework of the POIROT (Italian acronym of dOmotic Platform for Inertization and tRaceability of Organic wasTe) Project, this work aims to optimize the composition of the blends between the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) and formaldehyde-based resins, in order to improve the durability properties. To this aim, in this work, commercial urea-formaldehyde and melamine-formaldehyde powder polymers have been proposed for the inertization of the OFMSW, according to the previous optimized OFMSW-transformation process. A preliminary study about the mechanical properties of the composite panels produced with the different resins was carried out by evaluating compressive, flexural, and tensile performances of the panels. Artificial weathering by cyclic (heating–cooling) and boiling tests were carried out and the mechanical properties were evaluated in order to assess the resistance of the panels to water and humidity. The melamine-formaldehyde based resin had the best performances also when subjected to the weathering tests and despite the higher content of resin in the composites, the panels produced with melamine-formaldehyde have the lowest values of release of formaldehyde minimizing their potential hazard level. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Durability analysis of formaldehyde/solid urban waste blends. Carola Esposito Corcione et al. (University of Salento, Italy)

2. Fire resistance of formaldehyde/soild urban waste blends. Carola Esposito Corcione et al. (University of Salento, Italy)

3. Development of coffee biochar filler for the production of electrical conductive reinforced plastic. Mauro Giorcelli et al. (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

4. lignin-containing polymer materials.  Olena Sevastyanova et al. (KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

5. wood filler-based composites.  David DeVallance et al. (University of Primorska, Slovenia)

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