Waste-to-Wealth: Waste Valorization into Sustainable Materials
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 May 2024 | Viewed by 3407
Interests: sustainability; biomaterials; soft matter; waste valorization; environmental protection; water; bioplastics; membrane process; adsorption; circular economy; life cycle assessment; waste management
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Nowadays, it is clear that developing new materials must be in accordance with the circular economy model and balanced against sustainable resources. By valorizing waste for the fabrication of novel materials, not only the issue of waste management can be addressed, but also the newly developed materials can be used for addressing other global issues. The Special Issue aims to cover the state of the art of novel functional materials development via a sustainable upcycling of various waste and by-products for use in emerging applications.
The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:
- Advances in waste valorization and sidestream upcycling;
- Sustainable processes and production;
- Development and characterization of sustainable materials;
- Soft matter;
- Bio- and nature-inspired materials;
- Novel hydrogels and aerogels;
- Biofilms and bioplastics;
- Energy and environmental applications of advanced sustainable materials;
- Circular economy strategies;
- Life cycle assessment (LCA) and sustainability measures.
Authors are invited to submit their latest original results as full papers or short communications. Furthermore, state-of-the-art and critical reviews and analysis papers are welcome.
Dr. Mohammad Peydayesh
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Title: Bioinspired graphene-based composites and their applications: advances and opportunities
Authors: Siavash Iravani1* and Rajender S. Varma
Abstract: These days, researchers have focused on nature-inspired materials with remarkable properties and applications. Several complex micro- and nanostructures have been designed inspired by nature with improved flexibility, good stability, robust electrical conductivity, biocompatibility, unique mechanical/thermal features, and suitable optical properties. However, important aspects regarding the biosafety, commercialization/industrialization, optimization processes, and suitable functionalization need additional explorations. Bioinspired graphene based composites with unique properties can be employed in different fields of sensing/imaging, catalysis, supercapacitors/batteries, antibacterial performance, electrochemical actuators, biomedical robotics, etc. In this context, stability, flexibility, and multifunctionality as well as strength, electrical conductivity, and toughness ought to be comprehensively explored for their future commercial applications. Herein, current developments pertaining to the unique properties and versatile applications of bioinspired graphene-based composites are deliberated, focusing on important challenges and future perspectives.