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Biodegradable Polymers: From Chemical Synthesis to Biodegradable Mechanism

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 196

Special Issue Editors

Liaoning Key Lab of Lignocellulose Chemistry and BioMaterials, Liaoning Collaborative Innovation Center for Lignocellulosic Biorefinery, College of Light Industry and Chemical Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China
Interests: biomass valorization; biorefinery; lignin chemistry; biopolymers; heterogeneous catalysis; hydrogenolysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been an increase in interest in biodegradable polymers. They are useful in agriculture, packaging, biomedical, and other areas, and represent the most acceptable means of solving the many environmental issues related to non-biodegradable polymers. The high value-added utilization use of these polymers is one of the best ways to achieve a clean environment that can be decomposed by bacteria. There are polymers produced from feedstocks, derived either from petroleum resources (nonrenewable resources) or from biological resources (renewable resources). Synthetic biodegradable polymers have a great advantage, since recent advances in polymer science and technology have made it possible to design and synthesize, at will, a variety of polymers with desirable properties.

Three types of synthetic bio-composites that are commonly used in biodegradable polymers are the following: (1) polyesters, (2) polymers containing both ester and other heteroatom-containing linkages in the main chains, and (3) polymers with heteroatom-containing linkages other than ester linkages in the main chains.

This Special Issue welcomes an overview of the different biodegradable polymers, such as biodegradability, design and modification, structure, hydrolysis kinetics, and properties research, as well as new developments in their synthesis. All research should focus on providing insight into the molecular structure. Studies of the physical and chemical mechanisms by which the major classes of polymers are degraded are also welcomed.

Dr. Ling-Ping Xiao
Dr. Oana Lelia Pop
Prof. Dr. Gabrijel Ondrasek
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • biodegradable polymers
  • polyolefins
  • molecular structures
  • synthesis
  • chemical modification
  • hydrolysis kinetics

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