Special Issue "Polysaccharides II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Karin Stana Kleinschek
Guest Editor
Head of the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Biobased Systems, Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering and Biotechnology Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Stremayrgasse 9, Austria
Interests: Surface modification and characterization of biopolymers, especial polysaccharides and its usability in biomedical applications, biomaterials, 3D bioprinting and new bioinks development, biopolymer composites; Laid of the most important technical biopolymers – cellulose, starch and chitozan- among others, in its various forms, including fibers, films, dispersion, particles and chemical derivatives for packaging, construction, or in biomedical applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the potential use of biopolymers among other polysaccharides such as cellulose, starch, chitosan, and their derivatives has increasingly been explored. Polysaccharides are still the biggest class of biopolymers used in the paper and textile industry. The usability of polysaccharides in the production of various advanced materials is becoming more in more important, due to the increased interest for sustainable functional products.

For focused and increased application of the polysaccharides in different biomedical as well as technical fields, research activities such as:

  • Raw PS chemical as well as physical chemical composition evaluation;
  • PS derivatization;
  • PS derivatives’ chemical composition characterization;
  • Structural, submolecular, and morphological identification;
  • Surface functionalization and characterization; and
  • PS processability using modern engineering tolls as 3D printing, nano structures preparations and others

are still needed.

In order to apply polysaccharides as functional polymers in modern industrial applications as in optoelectronics, catalysis, biomaterials, medicine, building materials, water treatment, coatings, and many more, further basic knowledge should be collected, and research activities about their bioassembly, disassembly, and reassembly are needed.

Thus, the aim of the of this Special Issue is to highlight the progress and fundamental aspects of the new synthesis pathways and derivatization routes, characterization, properties, and possible application of polysaccharides and their new derivatives, structures, composites, and nanocomposites in modern material development.

Prof. Karin Stana Kleinschek
Guest Editor

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  • Polysaccharides and their derivatives
  • Functionalization
  • PS processing
  • PS Surface modification
  • PS technical application
  • PS medical application

Published Papers

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