Special Issue "Biomass-Derived Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: synthesis of new monomers and polymers; chemical modification of synthetic and natural polymers; synthesis of novel polymer-based adsorbents having desired properties for health and environmental protection; synthesis and investigations of carbon adsorbents from synthetic and natural polymers; chromatographic analysis; use of recycled polymers in synthesis; wasteless processes
Interests: wood chemistry; chemistry of pulping and bleaching; extraction and structural characterization of biomass-derived polymers; physical and chemical modification of natural polymers; development of novel materials from biomass-derived polymers for uses in environmental protection and healthcare
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Most of the currently used polymers, such as polyethylene or polypropylene, are petroleum derivatives whose durability is an important feature. However, this is not always an advantage due to disposal problems after use. With the objective of a more sustainable circular economy, the utilization of renewable resources, including biomass, as feedstock for the production of polymer‐based materials is becoming increasingly important. Although conventional biomass-derived polymers are relatively soft and weak and lacking thermoplasticity, new approaches have been developed to obtain biomass-derived polymers with high mechanical and thermal stability and improved thermal processability.
This Special Issue will highlight recent advances in the understanding of the structure of polymers available in nature, such as cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, chitin, and pectins in the form of biomass constituents or as byproducts from various technological processes; chemical and physical modification techniques for biomass and fiber processing to improve their properties and compatibility; material properties; and most importantly, their possible applications.
Prof. Dr. Barbara Gawdzik
Prof. Olena Sevastyanova
Manuscript Submission Information
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