Bio-Based and Biodegradable Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization and 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 May 2024 | Viewed by 218

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Department of Polymer Science and Engineering & Program in Environmental and Polymer Engineering, Inha University, 100 Inha-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon22212, Republic of Korea
Interests: sustainable polymers; bio-based polymers; plastic recycling; chemical recycling; bio-degradable polymers; polymer synthesis; polymeric binders
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We encounter, see, wear, use, and interact with plastics every day. The durability, versatile properties, cost-effectiveness, and light weight of plastics have made them ubiquitous in our daily lives. However, this presence raises sustainability concerns as most commodity plastics are derived from fossil-fuel resources and are essentially non-degradable.

Utilization of biomass for plastic production is one of the key solutions for reducing the reliance of fossil-fuel resources. Biomass is a renewable resource that can obtained from plants and animals, containing stored chemical energy from the sun that is produced by plants through photosynthesis. It is possible to obtain bio-based compounds with unique chemical functionality through selective conversions. These compounds can be transformed into novel polymers with the aim of replacing those derived from fossil carbon sources. Despite significant efforts to create bio-based polymers identical to their petroleum-based counterparts, a persistent goal is to synthesize sustainable bio-based polymers that can either replace traditional polymers or offer superior performances.

Another significant effort to address plastic-related environmental concerns the development of bio-degradable polymers. A variety of degradable polymers such as poly(lactic acid) (PLA) have been developed as green alternatives; however, limitations of practical durability, degradability, and scalability have limited their viability. Therefore, overcoming the durability–degradability trade-off, improving synthetic efficiency, and controlling the degradability under specific conditions are the major targets in the field. 

Finally, in this Special Issue, the developments of bio-based polymers, bio-degradable polymers, and related polymer investigations are of interest.

Dr. Hee Joong Kim
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Keywords

  • sustainable polymers
  • biopolymers
  • bio-composites
  • green chemistry
  • bio-degradable polymers
  • bio-mass conversion

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