Biodegradable and Bio-Absorbable 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: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 152

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9, Ireland
Interests: polymer chemistry; polypeptides; polyesters; polycarbonates; elastomers; hydrolytic degradation; sustainable polymer science

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Guest Editor
School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, Aston Polymer Research Group, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
Interests: polymer chemistry; functional polyesters; ring-opening polymerisation; catalysis; macrolactones; additive manufacturing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of recent developments, challenges, and future prospects in the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of biodegradable and bioabsorbable polymers. Contributions will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to polymer synthesis strategies, degradation mechanisms, biomedical applications, environmental impacts, and regulatory considerations.

Key themes and highlights:

  1. Polymer Synthesis and Design: this theme will discuss novel synthetic/functionalization strategies and structure–property relationships for tailoring the properties of biodegradable and bioabsorbable polymers.
  2. Degradation Mechanisms and Kinetics: this category will explore the degradation mechanisms and kinetics of biodegradable polymers under various environmental conditions, shedding light on their stability, degradation rates, and byproducts.
  3. Biomedical Applications: This theme focuses on the utilization of biodegradable and bioabsorbable polymers in biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, implants, and wound dressings, highlighting their biocompatibility and therapeutic efficacy.
  4. Environmental Impacts and Sustainability: this area will examine the environmental implications of biodegradable polymers, including their biodegradability in different ecosystems, compostability, and potential to mitigate plastic pollution.
  5. Regulatory Considerations and Commercialization: this theme will discuss regulatory frameworks, standards, and guidelines governing the use of biodegradable polymers, as well as challenges and opportunities for their commercialization and industrial-scale production.

Dr. Ruairí P. Brannigan
Dr. James A. Wilson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biodegradable and bioabsorbable polymers
  • polymer synthesis
  • degradation kinetics
  • biomedical applications
  • environmental impacts
  • sustainability
  • regulatory frameworks
  • commercialization
  • structure–property relationships

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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