Special Issue "Recent Study in Engineering Application of Microplastics and Nano Plastics"
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 January 2024 | Viewed by 14672
Interests: material characterization; ultrasonic wave propagation; polymer rheology; curing kinetics of thermosetting matrices; polymer matrix composites; polymer composite processing and joining; heat transfer modelling; polymer based nanocomposites; hybrid welding of dissimilar materials; micro and nanoplastics; sustainability
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The impressive field of micro/nano particles based on synthetic and natural polymers are finding increasing applications in several fields, thanks to innovative technological solutions and the establishing of a circular economy model. However, in addition to multiple benefits for society, micro/nano particles are also responsible of water, air and soil pollution together with secondary microplastics (MPs) and nano plastics (NPs), originated from plastic waste fragmenting and degradation. Although the huge interest, the chemical vector role of micro/nano plastics, their fate and the negative effects on the environment and human health is still under discussion and the investigations are still sparse. Moreover, the study of the MPs and NPs pollution relies on the availability of environmentally relevant engineered nano particles for toxicological, transport and adsorption studies in biological tissues; as well as the design of innovative engineered micro/nano particles to overcome that toxicological, pollution, and health issues.
The need to share the most recent efforts and encouraging the sustainable progress in that fields, motivated us to present this Special Issue focus on the recent study in engineering application of microplastics and nano plastics, also including their design, production and characterization, recycling (downcycling or upcycling), degradation in air, soil or aquatic environments, adsorption of toxic chemicals, the risk for the environment and human health and remediation strategies from polluted soil and water.
This Special Issue on the recent study in engineering application of microplastics and nano plastics is devoted to the dissemination of high-quality original research articles or comprehensive reviews on cutting-edge developments in this interdisciplinary field.
Original articles, communications and review papers will deal with the following themes, without being limited to them:
- micro/nano plastics from natural or synthetic polymers
- production routes for polymer micro/nano particles
- novel design of micro/nano particles to overcome toxicological, pollution, and health issues
- surface modification and encapsulation of active agents
- application of polymer micro/nano particles in agriculture, cosmetics, pharmacy and tissue engineering
- microplastics and nano plastics in the environment
- degradation studies of micro/nano plastics
- adsorption and release of toxic chemicals on micro/nano plastics
- recycling approaches of micro/nano plastics
- engineered micro/nano particles for toxicological, transport and adsorption studies
- remediation technologies to collect micro/nano plastics from the environment
Prof. Dr. Francesca Lionetto
Dr. Carlos Espinoza-González
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
- nano plastics
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Title: Heat Transfer During Ball Milling of Polymer Microparticles
Authors: F. Lionetto, C. Esposito Corcione, A. Maffezzoli
Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
2. Title: Non-isothermal Kinetics and Mechanism of Valorization of Petroleum Sludge to Value-Added Products
Authors: Hani Hussain Sait 1, *, Ramesh Kanthasamy * , Imtiaz Ali 2 , Faisal Abnisa 2 , Eydhah Almatrafi 1,3 , Mohammad Rehan 4 , and Bamidele Victor Ayodele 5
1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Rabigh, King Abdulaziz University, Rabigh 21911, Saudi Arabia.
2 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Rabigh, King Abdulaziz University, Rabigh 21911, Saudi Arabia.
3 Center of Excellence in Desalination Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, 21589, Saudi Arabia
4 Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, 21589, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Seri Iskandar 32610, Malaysia.