Special Issue "Recent Advances in 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: 25 November 2023 | Viewed by 132

Special Issue Editors

College of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China
Interests: biobased polymers; enzymatic catalysis; chitin; N-containing chemicals; material monomer; biobased functional material; enzyme immobilization
College of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China
Interests: biobased polymers; enzyme immobilization; chitin micropheres; functional materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This section of Polymers aims to rapidly publish contributions on all aspects of bio-based polymers. We encourage the submission of manuscripts that provide novel and mechanistic insights that report significant advances in the field. Biobased polymers are an important class of polymers of biological origin produced by living organisms, and can be classified mainly into polysaccharides, proteins, peptides, polyesters, polyamides, etc. Biobased polymers have attracted great interest in recent decades as alternatives to conventional fossil-based polymers from non-renewable resources. Biobased polymers have various applications in medicine, tissue engineering, the food and petroleum industry, the paper and pulp industry, the printing and textile industry, etc. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis of biobased polymers;
  • Characterization of biobased polymers;
  • Properties of biobased polymers;
  • Derivatization of biobased polymers;
  • Conversion of biobased polymers into fine chemicals;
  • Nanocomposites of biobased polymers;
  • Environmental sustainability;
  • Biocompatibility;
  • Micro- and nanoencapsulation;
  • Natural fibers;
  • Biopolymers processing and performance;
  • Applications of biobased polymers;
  • Hydrogels;
  • Wood composites;
  • Cellulose, lignin, and hemicelluloses;
  • Starch;
  • Chitin-chitosan;
  • Dextran, pullulan, and glucans;
  • Alginate;
  • Rubber;
  • Proteins like collagen, casein, soy protein, zein, silk, etc.;
  • Polyesters produced by bacteria like polyhydroxyalkanoates;
  • Polymamides synthesized by bacteria, such as poly(glutamic acid).

Dr. Alei Zhang
Dr. Guoguang Wei
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biobased polymers
  • polysaccharides
  • cellulose
  • hemicelluloses
  • lignin
  • starch
  • chitin
  • chitosan
  • glucans
  • rubber
  • proteins
  • peptides
  • polynucleotides
  • drug delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • nanocomposites
  • fine chemicals
  • hydrogels

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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