Recycling, Valorization and Utilization of Polymer Materials

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Circular and Green Polymer Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 2412

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VALORIZA, School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, 7300-555 Portalegre, Portugal
Interests: waste valorization; gasification; biochar; anaerobic digestion; hydrogen; refuse derived fuel
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Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Rua Romão Ramalho, nº 59, University of Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal
Interests: preparation, characterisation, development, and application of porous materials; with the focus on the recovery and valorisation of different raw materials and waste; from natural and/or synthetic sources; by its transformation into adsorbents with potential application in the liquid and gas phases; guided by a circular economy perspective
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VALORIZA, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, School of Technology and Management, 7300-555 Portalegre, Portugal
Interests: materials; recycling; wastes; energy efficiency

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Associated Laboratory of Guaratinguetá, Institute of Bioenergy Research, IPBEN-UNESP, São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil
Interests: thermoeconomic; hydrogen; gasification; energy; biodiesel

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Department of Graphic Engineering, Design and Projects, Universidad de Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: LED; lighting; project management; energy efficiency; sustainability; BIM project; logistic; environment; building information modeling; industrial storage; renewable energy; gasification; sustainable building; economic analysis; risk management; valorization and management waste; biogas from waste management; clean energy production
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapid development of society, associated with the increase in energy needs, causes the increased release of emissions, resulting in various changes. The effects of climate change are just one of the environmental problems that are in the spotlight and raising concern, suggesting a greater need to identify, quantify and remedy the effects of human activities on the environment. As a way to minimize environmental impacts, the search for sustainable materials and energy from renewable sources becomes necessary.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the technological advances in the use of polymers for the production of material with added value and renewable energy. We welcome manuscripts on the following topics related to the use of polymer waste:

  • Polymer recycling;
  • Polymer conversion;
  • Energy recovery;
  • Aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability;
  • Value-added products;
  • Biochars with added value;
  • Use of polymers for gas cleaning;
  • Electrochemistry and polymers.

Dr. Roberta Mota Panizio
Dr. Paulo Alexandre Mira Mourão
Dr. Pedro Silva Romano
Prof. Dr. José Luz Silveira
Prof. Dr. Manuel Jesús Hermoso-Orzáez
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Keywords

  • polymer materials
  • new applications
  • recycling waste
  • polymer waste
  • energy recovery
  • biochar
  • electrochemistry
  • energy storage and conversion

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Towards a Sustainable Future: Advancing an Integrated Approach for the Recycling and Valorization of Agricultural Plastics
by Susana Filipe, Paulo Mira Mourão, Nazaré Couto and Davide Tranchida
Polymers 2023, 15(23), 4529; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15234529 - 25 Nov 2023
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Plastic pollution has become a pressing environmental issue. The agricultural sector, in particular, is a significant contributor to this problem, given the widespread use of plastics in farming practices and a lack of and/or use of inefficient approaches for the recycling and valorization [...] Read more.
Plastic pollution has become a pressing environmental issue. The agricultural sector, in particular, is a significant contributor to this problem, given the widespread use of plastics in farming practices and a lack of and/or use of inefficient approaches for the recycling and valorization of agricultural plastic waste. This has resulted in the accumulation of these residues in landfills and/or their improper disposal, which has exacerbated their environmental impact, leading to negative consequences on soil, water, and ecosystems. This work provides an overview on the current methodologies available to address the challenges associated with inadequate management of agricultural plastics and highlights the need for a comprehensive and systematic methodology, involving material development, polymer processing, waste collection, sorting, and valorization. It emphasizes the importance of collaboration between polymer producers, polymer manufacturers, farmers, policymakers, waste management companies, and recyclers to develop effective, technical, and economically viable recycling and valorization schemes. This paper addresses gaps and provides guidance on possible solutions, specifically polymer development, policy instruments, regulatory frameworks, collection schemes, and the technical approaches required for the adequate valorization of agricultural plastic waste. Furthermore, it highlights the associated barriers and benefits of the different presented approaches. It also aims to promote awareness on agricultural plastic waste and provide guidance on the best approaches to reduce its environmental impact. Full article
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