Topical Collection "Reviews on Progress in Natural Polymers"

A topical collection in Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This collection belongs to the section "Polymer Fibers".

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Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China
Interests: biopolymers; polysaccharide; cellulose nanomaterials; cellulose nanofibers
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State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute at Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
Interests: nanofibers; UHMWPE fibers; electrospinning; gel spinning; 3D printing; polymer composites; water treatment; biomaterials; energy storage materials
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Topical Collection aims to collect review articles on fundamental and applied studies dealing with the analysis and characterization of natural polymers (cellulose, polysaccharide, lignin, chitosan). It is critical that we characterize natural-polymer-based materials (such as functional materials, degradable materials, blends, composites, fibers, textiles, hydrogels, multi-functional paper) to establish strong structure–property relationships and explore new preparation approaches for industrial production. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Structural modification and characterization of natural polymers (cellulose, polysaccharide, lignin, chitosan);
  • Preparation, characterization, and applications of natural-polymer-based multi-functional composites;
  • Hydrophobic/oil-resistant and flame-retardant coating derived from natural polymers;
  • Degradation and mechanical properties of natural-polymer-based composites;
  • Bio-degradation behaviors of multi-functional composites or paper-based materials;
  • Natural-polymer/coating/paper-based materials characterization and applications;
  • Advanced analytic methods for the characterization of natural polymer systems;
  • Nano-cellulose modification, characterization, and applications.

Dr. Min Wu
Dr. Wei Zhang
Collection Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • natural polymers
  • nanocellulose
  • hydrophobic behavior
  • oil resistance
  • degradation behavior
  • flame retardance
  • hydrophobic paper

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