Special Issue "Sustainable and Renewable Polymers from Biomass"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2023 | Viewed by 138

Special Issue Editor

USDA-FS-Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, USA
Interests: chemical composition of wood; lignin; delignification; biorefineries; lignin valorization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Successfully transitioning to a circular bioeconomy with viable alternatives to synthetic polymers depends strongly on progress in the areas of sustainable and renewable polymer production and performance. Biopolymers, along with biofuels and biochemicals, are a pillar product class of the emerging biorefineries, with broad potential impact ranging from construction, automotive and packaging industries to commodity products and pharmaceutical and medical applications. They can be isolated and used without further modifications, as in the case of lignosulfonates and glucomannans; after conversion to their nanoform, as exemplified by nanocellulose, nanolignin, and nanochitin/chitosan; or after chemical modifications, as in case of starch and cellulose derivatives and lignin-based adhesives and polyurethanes. They can also be depolymerized and biologically or chemically converted to different polymers, such as polyhydroxyalkanoates and polyethylene furanoates, respectively. This Special Issue focuses on the production, characterization, application, recyclability and biodegradability of biopolymers. Studies of interest also include the characterization of biopolymers in situ and throughout processing. You are kindly invited to contribute recent research findings and comprehensive reviews of previously published results in these areas. We hope this Special Issue will facilitate the use of sustainable and renewable polymers in the next generation of green materials.

Dr. Biljana Bujanovic
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cellulose
  • hemicelluloses
  • lignin
  • starch, chitin/chitosan
  • biochemical conversion
  • biopolymers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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