Special Issue "Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: Sustainable and Recyclable Polymers"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Circular and Green Polymer Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 392

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LERMAB, Laboratoire d’Etude et de Recherche sur le MAteriau Bois, Université de Lorraine, 27 rue Philippe Seguin, CS60036, 88021 Epinal, France
Interests: polycondensation; resins; adhesives; thermosetting polymers for adhesives; natural polymers for industrial use; fibrous and wood composites; polymeric wood constituents (cellulose, lignin, tannins)
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable polymers are materials derived from renewable, recycled, and waste carbon resources and their combinations, which can be either recycled, biodegraded or composted at the end of their useful service life. Their reduced environmental impact throughout their service life and their recyclability are crucial aspects of sustainable polymers. Thus, polymers such as bioplastics, polylactic acid, poly(ethylene 2,5-furan dicarboxylate), cellulose-based plastics, starch and starch-blend-based plastics, cellulose and other carbohydrate derivatives, alginates, pectins, chitin and chitosan, animal-based proteins, such as silk, gelatin or collagen, plant-based proteins and lipids, thermoplastics and even some thermosetting materials can be considered in this category, including lignin from different sources, tannins, and others. A variety of sustainable material applications are already commercially available, such as starch-based plastic sacks, thermoplastic lignin objects, and polyfuranics; indeed, their applicative scope is expanding and is bound to increase even more.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The preparation, characterization, properties, and application of sustainable polymers, blends, and composites prepared using renewable resources;
  • The synthesis, properties, and application of renewable and biodegradable polymers;
  • The recycling of waste polymers using novel approaches;
  • The discovery of new functional materials from waste polymers.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Pizzi
Guest Editor

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  • cellulose bioplastics
  • starch-blend bioplastics
  • chitosan and chitin
  • poly(lactic acid)
  • thermoplastic lignin polymers
  • thermosetting lignin blends
  • thermoplastic polyfuranics
  • thermosetting furanic blends
  • animal and plant-proteins-based bioplastics
  • lipids bioplastics
  • tannins and their blended bioplastics
  • sustainable polymers/polymer composites
  • biodegradable polymers
  • polymer recycling
  • recycled polymers

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11 pages, 7155 KiB  
Curing Behavior of Sucrose with p-Toluenesulfonic Acid
Polymers 2023, 15(23), 4592; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15234592 - 30 Nov 2023
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With respect to the fossil resources shortage, the development of bio-based wood adhesives is an important research topic in wood science. There has been research on using sucrose for bio-based adhesives. However, a high acid catalyst content and a high hot-pressing temperature are [...] Read more.
With respect to the fossil resources shortage, the development of bio-based wood adhesives is an important research topic in wood science. There has been research on using sucrose for bio-based adhesives. However, a high acid catalyst content and a high hot-pressing temperature are required when manufacturing particleboards. In this study, to explore the possibility of p-toluenesulfonic acid (PTSA) as a promising acid catalyst for sucrose-based adhesives, the curing behavior of sucrose with PTSA (Suc-PTSA) was clarified. The thermal analysis results showed that the thermal properties of sucrose decreased significantly with the addition of PTSA. Based on the results of the insoluble matter rate, the optimal mixture ratio and heating conditions were determined to be 95:5 and 180 °C for 10 min, respectively. According to the results of FT−IR, the heat-treated Suc-PTSA contained furan compounds. In the context of the dynamic viscoelasticity, the onset temperature at which the storage modulus (E′) begins to rise was significantly lower than those of the other sucrose-based adhesives. PTSA has the potential to cure sucrose more efficiently and at lower temperatures than previous sucrose-based adhesives, making it a promising acid catalyst for sucrose. Full article
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