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Special Issue "Biodegradable Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2017).
Interests: biomaterial; bio-based polymer; bioplastics; biodegradable polymer; biopolymer; composite material comprising a polymer matrix
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Interests: bio-based polymer; enzymatic polymerization; biodegradable polymer; composite material; shape memory polymer; porous material
Synthetic polymers developed extensively in the 20th century, and they presently cover many applications. Most of them are non-biodegradable and sometimes cause problems in the environment and in living bodies. As a solution to these problems, for a few decades now, researchers have been developing biodegradable polymers. Though some of biodegradable polymers are available on the market, choices are still limited. Research and development on biodegradable polymers is steady and continuous, and some remarkable studies are being carried out for medical use, such as degradable biomaterials for drug delivery and regenerative medicine. We should always continue to update our information and knowledge on biodegradable polymers.
This Special Issue covers the preparation, characterization, application, property evaluation, and degradation studies on synthetic biodegradable polymers and natural polymers, as well as their hybrids and composites. The aim of this issue is to update recent knowledge and to broaden our perspective on biodegradable polymers in environmental and medical applications.
The success of the first call has encouraged us to launch a 2nd round call for papers with the deadline set as January 31st, 2017.
Dr. Naozumi Teramoto
Dr. Takashi Tsujimoto
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 monthly 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 1500 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 polymer
- natural polymer
- aliphatic polyester
- environmentally-benign polymers