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Plastic Recycling and Biopolymer Synthesis for Industrial Application

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 145

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemistry, School of Applied Sciences, The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: biorefining; biofuel; biochemical and biopolymers; waste valorisation; fermentation and bioprocessing
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084, China
Interests: theory and methods of thermodynamics in complex systems; molecular simulation in conformational transformation; aggregation, reaction, and separation behaviours of complex systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plastic waste is one of the major classes of solid waste raising significant concern worldwide. In 2017, 438 millions tonnes of plastic were produced worldwide, mainly used for plastic packaging, building and construction industry, textile industry and others. Most of the plastic waste ends in landfill or incineration at the end of its useful life, while many synthetic plastics take over 100 years to degrade in the natural environment. Therefore, plastic recycling to reduce the impact on the environment and to reduce the depletion of non-renewable resources is a crucial approach to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN.

Alternatively, a growing number of investigations have been carried out to synthesize biopolymers to replace crude-oil-based plastic in industrial applications, such as poly-lactic acid (PLA), poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and alginate extracted from seaweed. These biopolymers have increasingly been used in various industries, providing a sustainable solution to plastic pollution.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews related to plastic recycling and biopolymer synthesis are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Plastic recycling technology and its application;
  2. Biopolymer extraction, synthesis and design for large-scale industrial application;
  3. Sustainability assessment of new technologies or new products for the replacement of crude-oil-based plastics;
  4. Assessment of the environmental impact of plastic waste and its remediation.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Chenyu Du
Prof. Dr. Diannan Lu
Guest Editors

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  • plastic recycling
  • biopolymers
  • PET
  • waste valorisation
  • textiles
  • packaging
  • microplastics

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