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Prof. Dr. Grazyna Adamus
Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 34, 41-819 Zabrze, Poland
Prof. Dr. Maria Letizia Focarete
Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”, University of Bologna, Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Prof. Dr. Marek M. Kowalczuk
Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 34, 41-819 Zabrze, Poland
Prof. Dr. Iza Radecka
School of Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK

Advanced Polymer Materials for Sustainable Development and Health Care

Abstract submission deadline
31 October 2022
Manuscript submission deadline
31 January 2023
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable development is a way of management which not only encourages economic growth but also promotes efficient sustainable practices and solutions needed for the protection of the environment and natural resources for future generations. Development of advanced polymer materials needs evaluation and understanding of the relationships between their structure, properties, and behavior before, during, and after practical applications. The precise design of such materials is needed to avoid potential failures of the commercial products manufactured from them and to avoid potential environmental consequences. Problems with plastics are growing, causing not only the shrinkage of non-renewable resources from fossil fuels but also environmental pollution. Unfortunately, we are at just the beginning of addressing the issues caused by the development of classical plastics, and research is now focused on viable alternatives. Healthcare application requires advanced biomaterials to meet specific criteria, including the ability to perform with an appropriate host response. Moreover, each end application has its own set of material requirements. This Topic welcomes papers that address the interdisciplinary approach aimed at the development of advanced polymer materials for environmental and medical needs.

Prof. Dr. Grazyna Adamus
Prof. Dr. Maria Letizia Focarete
Prof. Dr. Marek M. Kowalczuk
Prof. Dr. Iza Radecka
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Keywords

  • structure–property relationships of polymers
  • characterization of advanced polymers at the molecular level
  • novel synthetic approaches for biodegradable polymers
  • biodegradable polymeric packages of food and cosmetics
  • biodegradable polymeric mulch films
  • biodegradable polymers for medical applications
  • chemical modification of biodegradable polymers
  • biosafety of biodegradable polymeric materials
  • commercial applications of biodegradable polymers

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Biomolecules
biomolecules
6.064 5.7 2011 15.8 Days 2100 CHF Submit
Materials
materials
3.748 4.7 2008 15.3 Days 2300 CHF Submit
Molecules
molecules
4.927 5.9 1996 14.2 Days 2300 CHF Submit
Nanomaterials
nanomaterials
5.719 6.6 2011 15.4 Days 2400 CHF Submit
Polymers
polymers
4.967 5.7 2009 13 Days 2400 CHF Submit

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Structure-Morphology-Antimicrobial and Antiviral Activity Relationship in Silver-Containing Nanocomposites Based on Polylactide
Molecules 2022, 27(12), 3769; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27123769 - 11 Jun 2022
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Green synthesis of silver-containing nanocomposites based on polylactide (PLA) was carried out in two ways. With the use of green tea extract, Ag+ ions were reduced to silver nanoparticles with their subsequent introduction into the PLA (mechanical method) and Ag+ ions [...] Read more.
Green synthesis of silver-containing nanocomposites based on polylactide (PLA) was carried out in two ways. With the use of green tea extract, Ag+ ions were reduced to silver nanoparticles with their subsequent introduction into the PLA (mechanical method) and Ag+ ions were reduced in the polymer matrix of PLA-AgPalmitate (PLA-AgPalm) (in situ method). Structure, morphology and thermophysical properties of nanocomposites PLA-Ag were studied by FTIR spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) methods. The antimicrobial, antiviral, and cytotoxic properties were studied as well. It was found that the mechanical method provides the average size of silver nanoparticles in the PLA of about 16 nm, while in the formation of samples by the in situ method their average size was 3.7 nm. The strong influence of smaller silver nanoparticles (3.7 nm) on the properties of nanocomposites was revealed, as with increasing nanosilver concentration the heat resistance and glass transition temperature of the samples decreases, while the influence of larger particles (16 nm) on these parameters was not detected. It was shown that silver-containing nanocomposites formed in situ demonstrate antimicrobial activity against gram-positive bacterium S. aureus, gram-negative bacteria E. coli, P. aeruginosa, and the fungal pathogen of C. albicans, and the activity of the samples increases with increasing nanoparticle concentration. Silver-containing nanocomposites formed by the mechanical method have not shown antimicrobial activity. The relative antiviral activity of nanocomposites obtained by two methods against influenza A virus, and adenovirus serotype 2 was also revealed. The obtained nanocomposites were not-cytotoxic, and they did not inhibit the viability of MDCK or Hep-2 cell cultures. Full article
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Study on the Conventional Performance and Microscopic Properties of PPA/SBS-Modified Bio-Mixed Asphalt
Materials 2022, 15(12), 4101; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma15124101 - 09 Jun 2022
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To promote the construction of environmentally friendly, sustainable pavements and solve the impact of the scarcity of asphalt resources on highway development, bio-mixed asphalt (BMA) modified by SBS and polyphosphoric acid (PPA) was prepared, and the influence of the ratio of bio-asphalt (BA) [...] Read more.
To promote the construction of environmentally friendly, sustainable pavements and solve the impact of the scarcity of asphalt resources on highway development, bio-mixed asphalt (BMA) modified by SBS and polyphosphoric acid (PPA) was prepared, and the influence of the ratio of bio-asphalt (BA) replacing petroleum asphalt on different PPA/SBS blending schemes was explored through conventional property tests. According to each PPA/SBS blending scheme, the optimal replacement ratio of bio-asphalt was optimized, and the microstructure and distribution morphology of different PPA/SBS-modified BMA were evaluated. Conventional property test results show that with the same PPA/SBS content, the replacement ratio of bio-asphalt has a significant impact on the conventional performance of composite-modified asphalt, but the appropriate replacement ratio of bio-asphalt can improve the storage stability and conventional performance of composite-modified asphalt; in micromorphological analysis, it was found that the number of bee-like structures on the surface of the modified BMA decreased significantly, which indicated that the molecular heterogeneity of various components in the asphalt was reduced. In addition, bio-asphalt changed the particle morphology and improved the dispersity of SBS in asphalt. The composite-modified BMA had a lower SBS content, but its conventional performance was still excellent—so it has significant application prospects in road engineering. Full article
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