Environmentally Benign Sustainable Materials
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 4123
Interests: sustainable and functional bioproduct; nanomaterials; barrier coatings and composites; digital printing; 3D printing; printed electronics; smart manufacturing
Interests: barrier coatings; nanocellulose; sustainable packaging; alternate fibers, biopolymers
Interests: green chemistry; smart biopolymeric materials; self-healing phenomena; drug delivery approaches; tissue engineering scaffolds; hydrogels
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The growing global demand for sustainable, ecologically compatible materials as replacements for petroleum-derived materials in packaging, hygiene and other applications is of the highest importance. Current non-biobased systems generate significant land and ocean pollution; this undergirds the need for environmentally benign, sustainable materials within a new construct, i.e., the circular economy. Although materials obtained from different biobased resources are receiving significant attention from the research community, they have not made great inroads at the industrial scale due to the lack of economic feasibility and contradictory life cycle assessment reports, compared to synthetic polymers. However, mandates for sustainability and recent changes in national governmental policies and regulations include banning single-use plastic products, as observed in sweeping reforms in Europe, Asia, and several US States, are forcing industries and consumers to find alternative, sustainable solutions.
One of the most significant repercussions of the recent COVID-19 pandemic was the generation of significant amounts of waste due to an immense increase in online delivery numbers, especially in the food industry, which caused a proportionate increase in materials waste to the landfills. Biobased materials such as cellulose derivatives, starch, (poly)hydroxyalkenoates, proteins, etc. can derive huge ecological benefits and solve end-of-life issues associated with petroleum-derived compounds. This Special Issue aims to capture both sides of the coins of various biobased materials and their impact on the industry and society. This Special Issue seeks original contributions on the development of sustainable materials and their impact on the environment and circularity. Potential topics include but are not limited to recent developments in biobased materials for applications such as various grades of packaging, composites, coatings, hygiene, and flexible electronics.
Dr. Lokendra Pal
Dr. Preeti Tyagi
Prof. Dr. Lucian Lucia
Manuscript Submission Information
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- biobased materials
- sustainable materials
- environment and circularity
- flexible electronics