Special Issue "From Preparation to Application: The Prospect of Bio-Based and Biodegradable Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 September 2023) | Viewed by 462
Low price, easy workability and low mass are some of the reasons for the application of plastic materials in various fields. The inadequate disposal of plastic waste leads to global pollution, and thus, endangers habitats around the world. One way to solve some of these problems is the use of bio-based and biodegradable polymers. Biodegradable polymers are polymers that break down under the action of microorganisms, most often bacteria. In biodegradable polymers, non-degradable components can be replaced by cellulose, starch or other biodegradable compounds. In recent years, bio-based materials have experienced strong growth in the industry, due to recent trends in the consumer market towards greener packaging and waste reduction. Bioplastics, which are both natural and chemically derived materials from renewable or petroleum-based resources, are designed to have a minimal carbon footprint, high recyclability and full biodegradability/compostability. With many innovative bioplastics entering the market for diversified applications, industries are interested in expanding their production capacity. Acute relevance to sustainability and the circular economy is indeed influencing the bioplastics industry to achieve substantial growth and technological maturity with multiple production routes.
Dr. Milena Marinović-Cincović
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- bio-based and biodegradable polymers
- innovative bioplastics
- state of the art
- challenges and emerging trends