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Innovations in Polymeric Materials: Exploring Advancements and Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2024 | Viewed by 543

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Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances and developments in the field of polymer science and technology, as well as the great versatility of natural and synthetic polymers, have led to the design of innovative polymeric materials. From a chemical perspective, synthetic polymers have clear advantages over natural ones; they are easy and cheap to obtain in large quantities, and have high purity and controlled chemical structures. However, natural polymers are biocompatible, biodegradable and non-toxic. The variety of chemical structures and the need to design new types of advanced materials have resulted in the diversification of the preparation method required according to the type of application desired. Modern polymer technologies, including 3D printing, injection molding and extrusion, can improve the efficiency, reduce manufacturing costs and achieve complex polymer structures.

This Special Issue, entitled “Innovations in Polymeric Materials: Exploring Advancements and Applications”, reflects a generous and attractive topic; we therefore invite researchers and research teams from academic and industrial institutions to submit their research and review articles focused on the synthesis and characterization of innovative polymeric materials with high performance structures and a high impact in various application areas, such as the following: automotive industry, energies storage, circular economy, anti-corrosion coatings, food industry, environmental remediation, biomedicine, pharmacy and more.

Dr. Silvia Vasiliu
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  • eco-friendly polymers
  • nanocomposites
  • biodegradable polymers
  • smart materials
  • polymer recycling
  • drug delivery systems
  • biocompatible polymers
  • food industry
  • wastewater treatment

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A Wooden Carbon-Based Photocatalyst for Water Treatment
by Chang Zhang, Shangjie Ge-Zhang, Yudong Wang and Hongbo Mu
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2024, 25(9), 4743; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms25094743 - 26 Apr 2024
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Due to a large number of harmful chemicals flowing into the water source in production and life, the water quality deteriorates, and the use value of water is reduced or lost. Biochar has a strong physical adsorption effect, but it can only separate [...] Read more.
Due to a large number of harmful chemicals flowing into the water source in production and life, the water quality deteriorates, and the use value of water is reduced or lost. Biochar has a strong physical adsorption effect, but it can only separate pollutants from water and cannot eliminate pollutants fundamentally. Photocatalytic degradation technology using photocatalysts uses chemical methods to degrade or mineralize organic pollutants, but it is difficult to recover and reuse. Woody biomass has the advantages of huge reserves, convenient access and a low price. Processing woody biomass into biochar and then combining it with photocatalysts has played a complementary role. In this paper, the shortcomings of a photocatalyst and biochar in water treatment are introduced, respectively, and the advantages of a woody biochar-based photocatalyst made by combining them are summarized. The preparation and assembly methods of the woody biochar-based photocatalyst starting from the preparation of biochar are listed, and the water treatment efficiency of the woody biochar-based photocatalyst using different photocatalysts is listed. Finally, the future development of the woody biochar-based photocatalyst is summarized and prospected. Full article
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