Special Issue "Natural Polymers and Additives"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 413

Special Issue Editor

Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: structure/processing/properties relationships in polymers; biopolymers; micro- and nano- composites; polymers and biopolymers degradation and stabilization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The EU is shifting towards a sustainable, circular economy, and this is clearly stated in several official communications where the European Commission has set the target of all plastic packaging being recyclable by 2030 and the target of zero emissions for 2050. However, the use of naturally occurring polymers, i.e., bio-based plastics/addtives and/or biodegradable polymers, and efficient plastic recycling are the two main pillars in this shift, since plastic pollution and the environmental risks related to the enormous volume of plastic production are some of the main problems identified by the EC.
This SI—Natural Polymers and Additives—is focused on polymer synthesis and extraction, polymer processing and characterization, LCA, and the end-of-life and waste management of these naturally occurring materials and additives. Polymer science and technology play a crucial role in shifting towards the production of sustainable materials and the implementation of low-emission processing, educating people to lead sustainable lives.

Prof. Dr. Nadka Tz. Dintcheva
Guest Editor

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  • biopolymer synthesis
  • bioplastics
  • biodegradable materials
  • naturally occurring composites
  • processing and technology
  • natural additives
  • sustainable applications
  • life-cycle analysis
  • gas emission
  • waste management

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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