Special Issue "Biodegradable Polymers and Biocomposites: Their Impact in the Circular Economy"
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 December 2023 | Viewed by 1493
Interests: biobased polymers; biodegradable polymers; biomaterials; biopolymers; biocomposites; circular economy; polymers biodegradation; biobased additives; antioxidants; biowastes; byproducts; renewable feedstocks; pecan nutshell; lignin
Interests: biodegradation; polymers; biopolymers; ecology; biomolecules; renewable feedstocks; biogenerated polymers
Since the discovery of synthetic polymers in 1869, plastic materials have been considered a practical and economical solution for several applications. Their popularity is largely due to their processability, physical properties, and ready availability. However, due to their negative environmental impact, fuel-based polymers are often considered an additional economic and environmental cost rather than an added value.
To surpass this problem, biobased materials and biodegradable plastics are a potential solution for reducing environmental concerns. These materials provide a wide range of advantages, including similar mechanical properties to their counterparts, biocompatibility, and most importantly, biodegradability.
It is precisely the search for new technologies and sustainable materials that highlighted the lack of a circular economy in the market for plastic materials. This philosophy substitutes the linear economy (take-make-dispose), emphasizes the circular character of materials and resource flows, and coins a wider procedure: reduce, reuse, recover, and recycle. Following this conception, a circular economy allows us to increase physical and economic value and at the same time reduce resource inputs and waste production. In this scenario, biopolymers play an important role due to their renewable nature and the potential benefits of large-scale production.
Within this frame, we are pleased to release this Special Issue focusing on the incursion of biodegradable polymers and biocomposites in the circular economy. Original research papers and reviews on this topic are very welcome.
Dr. Sarai Agustin-Salazar
Dr. Margarita del Rosario Salazar Sánchez
Dr. Gennaro Scarinzi
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- biobased polymers
- biodegradable polymers
- life cycle assessment
- circular economy