Synthesis of Bio-Based Polymers: Challenges and Opportunities II

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 378

Special Issue Editor

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, 4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P5, Canada
Interests: polymer, organic photovoltaic polymers; electronic structure calculations; modelling of optoelectronic materials; non-fullerene polymers; density functional theory (DFT)
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Dear Colleagues,

Fossil-fuel-based synthetic polymers have incredible properties; however, they take decades to degrade in the natural environment. Therefore, renewable-resource-based biopolymers that are sustainable and potentially degradable are gaining attention worldwide. Although substantial progress has been made in this field in the last couple of decades, limited success has been achieved in the substitution of fossil-fuel-based polymers with bio-based polymers.

Bio-based polymers may be classified into three main categories: polymers directly extracted from biomass; polymers produced by microorganisms or genetically modified bacteria; and polymers synthesized using bio-based monomers. So far, the focus has mainly been on the extraction and utilization of extracted polymers from biomass such as cellulose, starch, and protein, with limited works reported the synthesis of monomers and biopolymers from renewables. There is a great opportunity to produce renewable polymers from biomass, but several challenges that need to be addressed here regarding the synthesis and properties of such polymers.

This Special Issue, following on from the first edition, is focused on challenges and opportunities in the synthesis of bio-based monomers. 

Dr. Aman Ullah
Guest Editor

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  • bio-based monomers
  • chemicals
  • homopolymers
  • copolymers
  • synthesis
  • processing
  • properties

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