Biodegradable Polymers and Their Emerging 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: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 218

Special Issue Editors


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Centre for Natural Resources and The Environment (CERENA), Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: biodegradable polymers; microencapsulation; material characterization; adhesives; polymer electronics; organic photovoltaics
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Centre for Natural Resources and The Environment (CERENA), Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: polymer materials; biodegradable polymers; microencapsulation; adhesives; polymer synthesis; materials characterization

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Centre for Natural Resources and The Environment (CERENA), Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: biomass and residues valorization; polymer materials; thermochemical processes; sustainable processes; circular economy;
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the detrimental impact of traditional non-biodegradable polymers on ecosystems and human health has prompted a shift towards sustainable and benign alternatives. Biodegradable polymers are pivotal in addressing the global plastic pollution crisis by offering eco-friendly options. These polymers help alleviate the burden on ecosystems and oceans by breaking down naturally over time into non-toxic components.

Even though well-known biodegradable polymers are available on the market, presenting alternatives for different applications, the range of choices is still quite limited. Additionally, biodegradable polymers confront challenges regarding mechanical properties, cost, scalability, and public awareness.

This Special Issue aims to curate novel advances in the development of biodegradable polymers and their emerging applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Synthesis of novel biodegradable polymers;
  • Physico-chemical and/or mechanical characterization of novel biodegradable polymers;
  • New biodegradable polymer composites;
  • New trends in biodegradable polymers;
  • Biodegradability studies;
  • Application of biodegradable polymers;
  • Life cycle analysis of new biodegradable polymer products.

We invite you to contribute by sharing your innovative research results, fostering a deeper understanding, and promoting the widespread dissemination of knowledge on biodegradable polymers.

Dr. António Aguiar
Dr. Mónica V. Loureiro
Dr. Rui Galhano Dos Santos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • biodegradability
  • biodegradable polymers
  • environmentally friendly polymers
  • biodegradable composites
  • biodegradability studies
  • applications of biodegradable polymers
  • biopolymers
  • circular economy
  • sustainability

Published Papers

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