Special Issue "Sustainable Bio-Based Polymers: Towards a Circular Bioeconomy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: bio-based polymers; bioplastics; plant cuticle; agro-wastes; sustainability; food packaging
Interests: cellulose; bioplastics; circular economy; composites; biodegradability
Interests: polyesters; cutin; self-assembly; atomic force microscopy; polymers
The ubiquity of non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics in the massive production of commodities in a linear economy context (i.e., the “take, make, and dispose” model) is one of the most important sources of global pollution. Moreover, the imminent dwindling of fossil resources, the contamination derived from monomer synthesis and large-scale production, as well as important concerns about the safety of these plastics in specific applications are increasing social alarm regarding their common use. Such social concern is driving greener and stricter market policies and legal regulations concerning sustainability. Among them, the idea of a circular bioeconomy is presented as a viable and desirable solution. In particular, the use of by-products and wastes from agriculture, food, forestry, fishery, etc., to produce functional polymers is of special interest.
In this Special Issue, we aim to publish original works and reviews about processes and technologies for the fabrication and synthesis of sustainable bio-based polymers and their industrial applications such as food packaging, biomedical devices, textiles, membranes, etc., in terms of a circular bioeconomy. Investigations about the life-cycle analysis of bio-based polymers are also included.
Dr. José Alejandro Heredia-Guerrero
Dr. Susana Guzman-Puyol
Dr. José Jesús Benitez
- bio-based polymers
- circular bioeconomy
- polymeric materials
- life cycle analysis
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
- Akram Zamani, et al.
Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology, University of Boras, Sweden
Using orange and apple waste for production of bioplastics materials.