Special Issue "Synthesis and Applications of Bio-Based 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: 15 January 2024 | Viewed by 46

Special Issue Editor

Laboratory for Characterisation and Processing of Polymers, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Smetanova Ulica 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Interests: molecular and polymer dispersions; biomolecules; biopolymers; nanomaterials; material characterization; surface functionalization; biological applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bio-based polymers are increasingly attracting attention in the areas of polymer chemistry, biochemistry, material sciences, medicine, food sciences, etc. Factors such as natural origin, biodegradability, sustainability, biocompatibility and multifunctionality are only a few that drive this interest. The versatility of their chemical structure, especially their functional moieties, allows for them to be used in a broad spectrum of applied fields as surface coatings, self-standing 3D materials, fibers, films and foils, nano- and microparticles, etc. Because of their broad range of applications, it is important to understand the mechanisms by which they perform their function, allowing one to synthesize and derivatize bio-based polymers with specific and targeted action. A future where bio-based polymers are not merely inferior alternatives to synthetic polymers, but surpass them, can be envisioned in such a way.

This Special Issue aims to compile original and cutting-edge research in the field of synthesis of bio-based polymers for targeted applications.

Dr. Matej Bracic
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • bio-based polymers
  • synthesis
  • derivatization
  • applications
  • multifunctional polymers
  • responsive polymers

Published Papers

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