Physical Properties of Biopolymers

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

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Dear Colleagues,

Biopolymers are natural polymers that are considered eco-friendly and sustainable. Recently, they have become increasingly important for both scientific and industrial sectors also due to their unique properties and wide availability as well. Biopolymers, encompassing polynucleotides, polypeptides, and polysaccharide, could be variously used in the food industry, manufacturing, packaging, and biomedical engineering. For several years, biopolymers combined with other components are regularly determined to have good mechanical properties, thermal stability, as well as proper physicochemical and morphological properties, and the physical properties of biopolymers widely vary for different biopolymer types and compositions, which play an important role on the application of biopolymers. While synthesis and chemical modification are regularly performed with the aim of finding applications for biopolymers, their proper physical characterization is still lacking.

Physical properties include geometric properties, rheological properties, interfacial phenomena, mass and density, permeability, thermal properties, electrical properties, magnetic properties, electromagnetic properties, optical properties, acoustical properties, radioactivity, and on-line sensing. A better understanding of the physical properties of biopolymers will allow for optimum design of equipment and processes to ensure better applications, so knowledge of biopolymers’ physical properties is essential for their applications.

The goal of the presented Special Issue, entitled “Physical Properties of Biopolymers” in Polymers is to share the most significant research on the novel physical characterization of biopolymers as well as perspectives on future trends and challenges in this field. Therefore, we invite everyone to submit their research articles, review articles, and short communications to this Special Issue. However, submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a peer-review process handled by the Editorial Office in a fair and fast fashion.

Prof. Dr. Florian J. Stadler
Dr. Lei Du
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Keywords

  • biopolymer
  • water-soluble polymer
  • rheology
  • mechanical properties
  • stimuli-responsiveness
  • bio-composite
  • polysaccharide
  • spectroscopy
  • protein
  • nucleic acid (DNA,RNA)

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Two Fascinating Polysaccharides: Chitosan and Starch. Some Prominent Characterizations for Applying as Eco-Friendly Food Packaging and Pollutant Remover in Aqueous Medium. Progress in Recent Years: A Review
by Nancy Alvarado, Romina L. Abarca and Cristian Linares-Flores
Polymers 2021, 13(11), 1737; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13111737 - 26 May 2021
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The call to use biodegradable, eco-friendly materials is urgent. The use of biopolymers as a replacement for the classic petroleum-based materials is increasing. Chitosan and starch have been widely studied with this purpose: to be part of this replacement. The importance of proper [...] Read more.
The call to use biodegradable, eco-friendly materials is urgent. The use of biopolymers as a replacement for the classic petroleum-based materials is increasing. Chitosan and starch have been widely studied with this purpose: to be part of this replacement. The importance of proper physical characterization of these biopolymers is essential for the intended application. This review focuses on characterizations of chitosan and starch, approximately from 2017 to date, in one of their most-used applications: food packaging for chitosan and as an adsorbent agent of pollutants in aqueous medium for starch. Full article
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