Special Issue "Polymer Science, Technology and Engineering beyond 2020: Novel, Safer and Sustainable Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: polymer synthesis; environmentally sustainable flame retardant materials; cellulosic combustion and bush fires; waste recycling/management; adaptation of the existing processes/strategies towards more effective means of combustion
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Interests: chain-growth polymers; combustion; thermal decomposition; flammability; fire retardants; ligno-cellulosic materials; waste recycling and management; sustainability
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Interests: polymer processing; polymer engineering; polymer syntheses and characterisation; functional materials; combustion chemistry
We are currently going through unprecedented times, with an ongoing pandemic at a scale that has not been seen since the Spanish flu about 100 years ago. Within the same period, we have also witnessed great scientific and practical strides in the realm of polymeric materials, and an ensuing era of synthetic commodity plastics and associated materials for high-tech engineering applications. Concomitantly, we have become acutely aware of the problem that has unfolded owing to an enhanced use of these materials in our everyday life. The predominance of stronger covalent linkages between the prominent elements constituting the macromolecules render them significantly resistant to natural degradation, and this has led to the mammoth task of deposal of the polymer-based products upon reaching the end of their service life. Naturally, the attention of the scientific community has turned, especially in the last 10 years or so, towards preparing and formulating bio-degradable polymers and hybrid materials that are derived from bio-inspired sources.
It is highly likely that any post-COVID economic recovery will entail fast-paced construction, including both residential homes and infrastructural provisions, as well as fuel-efficient and more integrated transportation networks. Needless to say, we need to expend a more concerted effort in designing and developing novel, safer, and sustainable materials. This would reduce our dependency on fossil-fuel-derived materials and technologies, and at the same time uphold the principle of the much-needed circular economy. Ideally, we should rely more on materials that can be sourced from the natural world and/or devise methods to fabricate hybrid materials that incorporate them as a major component. The current Special Issue will therefore focus on concepts, synthetic methodologies, characterization techniques, and engineering aspects of polymeric materials that help to serve the underpinning ethos of novelty, safety, and sustainability beyond 2020. Through this Issue, we invite original papers and review articles, primarily in the following categories and cognate subject areas:
- Theoretical basis and validation of the performance of hybrid polymeric materials;
- Novel synthetic strategies and formulation techniques pertaining to sustainable materials;
- Morphological and structural characteristics of modern materials;
- Physical and performance evaluations of materials;
- Bio-degradable polymers;
- Bio-sourced components for hybrid materials;
- Recycling/reuse and life-cycle analyses of materials in the construction and transport sectors;
- Stimuli-responsive and three-dimensional networks;
- Sustainable polymeric materials beyond 2020;
- Modern materials in the context of circular economy.
Prof. Dr. Paul Joseph
Dr. Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally
Dr. Malavika Arun
Manuscript Submission Information
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