Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Biomedical, Food and Environmental Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2024 | Viewed by 2833

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea
Interests: thin-films; nanocomposite; biopolymers; biomaterials; biosensor; environmental sustainability; overall water splitting; hydrogen evolution; energy storage devices
School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea
Interests: biopolymers; nanomaterials; bionanocomposite; biomaterials; green synthesis; biomedical engineering; biosensors; food packaging; environmental sustainability; energy storage devices

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Dear Colleagues,

Biopolymers exhibit remarkable improvements in their mechanical, physicochemical, and biological properties upon modification with a wide variety of nanofillers. Biodegradable and biocompatible bio-based polymeric nanocomposites are, therefore, drawing attention in the biomedical, environmental science, and engineering fields. Biomaterials are fabricated as antimicrobial and anticancer agents in scaffolds, hydrogels, etc., with enhanced mucoadhesive and proliferation abilities for their diverse applications in wound healing, drug delivery, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. Bionanocomposites and membranes with significant barrier properties, thermal stability, and antimicrobial properties mitigate the considerable enhancement in the quality and shelf life of food for food packaging applications and water remediation.

Dr. Dong-Kil Shin
Dr. Annu Tomer
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Keywords

  • bionanocomposites
  • self-healing
  • hydrogel
  • biosensor
  • tissue engineering
  • drug delivery
  • food packaging
  • dye degradation
  • water remediation
  • adsorption

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Biopolymeric Nanocomposites for Wastewater Remediation: An Overview on Recent Progress and Challenges
by Annu, Mona Mittal, Smriti Tripathi and Dong Kil Shin
Polymers 2024, 16(2), 294; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16020294 - 21 Jan 2024
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Essential for human development, water is increasingly polluted by diverse anthropogenic activities, containing contaminants like organic dyes, acids, antibiotics, inorganic salts, and heavy metals. Conventional methods fall short, prompting the exploration of advanced, cost-effective remediation. Recent research focuses on sustainable adsorption, with nano-modifications [...] Read more.
Essential for human development, water is increasingly polluted by diverse anthropogenic activities, containing contaminants like organic dyes, acids, antibiotics, inorganic salts, and heavy metals. Conventional methods fall short, prompting the exploration of advanced, cost-effective remediation. Recent research focuses on sustainable adsorption, with nano-modifications enhancing adsorbent efficacy against persistent waterborne pollutants. This review delves into recent advancements (2020–2023) in sustainable biopolymeric nanocomposites, spotlighting the applications of biopolymers like chitosan in wastewater remediation, particularly as adsorbents and filtration membranes along with their mechanism. The advantages and drawbacks of various biopolymers have also been discussed along with their modification in synthesizing biopolymeric nanocomposites by combining the benefits of biodegradable polymers and nanomaterials for enhanced physiochemical and mechanical properties for their application in wastewater treatment. The important functions of biopolymeric nanocomposites by adsorbing, removing, and selectively targeting contaminants, contributing to the purification and sustainable management of water resources, have also been elaborated on. Furthermore, it outlines the reusability and current challenges for the further exploration of biopolymers in this burgeoning field for environmental applications. Full article
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Title: Biopolymeric Nanocomposite for Wastewater Remediation: An Overview on Recent Progress
Authors: Annu .; Mona Mittal; Smriti Tripathi; Dong Kil Shin
Affiliation: School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University 280-Daehak-ro, Gyeongsan-38541, Republic of Korea
Abstract: The escalating impact of anthropogenic activities has given rise to environmental pollutants, posing a threat to diverse life forms on Earth. Organic pollutants, encompassing dyes, organic acids, antibiotics, inorganic salts, and heavy metal ions, have become ubiquitous global challenges due to their persistent and hazardous nature. Conventional technologies often fall short in efficiently eliminating these pollutants, necessitating the exploration of advanced, cost-effective remediation strategies. Recent research trends focus on harnessing the adsorption phenomenon, incorporating nano-level modifications to adsorbents. This nanoscale approach seeks to mitigate environmental pollutants with minimal impact. Nano-materials, with their substantial surface-to-volume ratio and reactive sites, demonstrate rapid and efficient pollutant removal. Biopolymeric nanocomposites, combining the benefits of biodegradable polymers and nanomaterials, exhibit enhanced physiochemical, thermophysical, and mechanical properties compared to individual constituents. This review delves into recent advancements in sustainable biopolymeric nanocomposites, spotlighting the applications of materials like chitosan in wastewater treatment and remediation, particularly as adsorbents and filtration membranes. These composites typically consist of biodegradable polymers and nanomaterials, which can effectively eliminate pollutants in a sustainable manner and upgrade the overall treatment process. Furthermore, it outlines the current challenges and emphasizes the potential for further exploration in this burgeoning field.

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