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Sustainable Materials Based on Responsive and Smart Polymers

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 May 2024 | Viewed by 1149

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Chemical and Biological Engineering, Koç University, Istanbul 34450, Türkiye
Interests: polymer physics; nanocomposites; membranes; responsive materials; bio-renewable polymers; hydrogels; rheology

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Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2275, USA
Interests: polymer thin films; nanocomposites; polymer recycling; advanced manufacturing; antifouling and bactericidal coatings; X-ray/neutron scattering and spectroscopy; adhesives; block copolymer lithography

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Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting submissions of original research articles and reviews for a Special Issue of Sustainability entitled ‘Sustainable Materials Based on Responsive and Smart Polymers’.

Polymers that can actively respond to external stimuli, such as pH, light, enzymes, temperature, electromagnetic fields, and mechanical stresses, are of great interest in a broad range of fields, from agriculture to energy conversion and storage. However, the currently used responsive materials are mostly petroleum-based and diverge from a sustainable future premise. Therefore, there is an urgent need to do the following:

  1. Develop new smart and functional materials from sustainable resources or processes.
  2. Modify existing non-responsive (passive) materials to actively respond to external stimuli for better performance.

In this Special Issue, our aim is to bring together theoretical and experimental studies on polymer science whose primary objective is to guide material design via insights into smart and responsive soft materials necessary for future applications both within and outside academia, such as in energy storage, agriculture, controlled release, structural materials, biomaterials, additive manufacturing, water harvesting, membranes, wearable electronics, etc.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Stimuli-responsive (bio)polymers and nanocomposites;
  • Responsive hydrogels from sustainable resources;
  • Smart superabsorbent hydrogels;
  • Smart polymer electrolytes for batteries and fuel cells;
  • Mechanically responsive polymers and nanocomposites;
  • Smart polymer membranes for water filtration and gas separation;
  • Polymers for atmospheric water harvesting;
  • Smart lignocellulosic nanomaterials;
  • Recycling and upcycling of polymers;
  • Green processes for sustainable polymer production.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Dr. Erkan Senses
Dr. Tadanori Koga
Guest Editors

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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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2400 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.


  • polymer physics
  • polymer chemistry
  • responsive materials
  • smart nanocomposites
  • responsive hydrogels
  • sustainable polymers
  • responsive biopolymers
  • supramolecular polymers

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Hydrogel Based on Cashew Gum and Polyacrylamide as a Potential Water Supplier in Mombaça Grass Pastures: A Sustainable Alternative for Agriculture
by Dhiéssica Morgana Alves Barros, Ricardo Loiola Edvan, João Paulo Matos Pessoa, Romilda Rodrigues do Nascimento, Luan Felipe Reis Camboim, Leilson Rocha Bezerra, Marcos Jácome de Araújo, Heldeney Rodrigues de Sousa and Edson C. Silva-Filho
Sustainability 2023, 15(23), 16423; - 29 Nov 2023
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Hydrogels are water-absorbing polymers that can hydrate forage plants in the soil. The objective was to evaluate the replacement of synthetic hydrogels derived from petroleum with biodegradable hydrogels in Mombaça grass pastures (Megathyrsus maximum). The experimental treatments consisted of no hydrogel [...] Read more.
Hydrogels are water-absorbing polymers that can hydrate forage plants in the soil. The objective was to evaluate the replacement of synthetic hydrogels derived from petroleum with biodegradable hydrogels in Mombaça grass pastures (Megathyrsus maximum). The experimental treatments consisted of no hydrogel (NH); synthetic commercial hydrogel (CH), made from a synthetic polyacrylamide product; and biodegradable test hydrogel (TH), obtained from cashew gum (Anacardium occidentale). The experimental design consisted of randomized blocks with five replications and three treatments. The morphogenesis, production, chemical, and mineral composition of the Mombaça grass pasture were assessed. The data were subjected to analysis of variance and mean comparison using the Scott–Knott test at 5% probability. The leaf elongation rate showed 42.3 mm day−1 in the treatment TH, which was higher (p < 0.05) than NH (35.0 mm day−1). The green leaf mass yield was higher in TH than in NH and CH. On the other hand, hydration had no effect on the chemical composition. The mineral composition of Mombaça grass showed more Zn when TH was used. It can be concluded that biodegradable hydrogels can replace synthetic commercial hydrogels in pastures. Full article
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