Special Issue "Superhydrophobic 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: 21 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michael Ioelovich
Guest Editor
Designer Energy LTD, 2 Bergman Str, Rehovot 7670504, Israel
Interests: natural polymers; biomasse; biomaterials; biodegradable polymers and materials; natural nanopolymers and nanomaterials; bioenergy and biofuels; biorecovery; polymer coatings; biodegradable and hydrophobic coatings; structure and properties
Prof. Dr. Oleg L. Figovsky

Co-Guest Editor
Israeli Association of Inventors, 3a Shimkinst, Haifa, Israel

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural polymers, such as plant polymers (lignin, cellulose, hemicelluloses and other polysaccharides), animal polymers (wool, keratin, etc.), biopolymers (proteins, RNA, DNA), and polymers from sea animals and algae (chitin, chitosan, agar, etc.), are widespread on Earth and have great scientific and practical importance. Unfortunately, these polymers are hydrophilic, which limits their use in such application fields as the creation of waterproof and vaporproof materials and the production of hydrophobic/superhydrophobic fillers and reinforcements that are compatible with hydrophobic composites of polymers and with hydrophobic compositions of coatings, paints, adhesives, and other hydrophobic materials. There are several methods for converting natural hydrophilic polymers into hydrophobic ones and, even better, superhydrophobic ones. The physical methods include the coating of hydrophilic polymers with hydrophobic/superhydrophobic melts or latexes. The chemical methods include the introduction of hydrophobic/superhydrophobic groups and graft polymerization.

This Special Issue is concerned with the current state of the art, promising methods for the creation of hydrophobic/superhydrophobic natural polymers and materials, the study of their structure and properties, and applications of modified polymers or materials. Both original research articles and reviews are welcome.

Dr. Michael Ioelovich
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant polymers
  • animal polymers
  • biopolymers
  • natural polymers from sea animals and algae
  • methods of hydrophobization and superhydrophbization
  • methods of investigation of hydrophobic/superhydrophobic natural polymers and materials
  • structure
  • properties
  • applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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