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Unit of Transformations & Agroressources, ULR7519, Universite d'Artois, 62408 Bethune, France
Laboratoire de Génie Civil et géo-Environnement (LGCgE), Universite d'Artois, EA 4515, F-62400 Béthune, France

Advances in Bio-Sourced Molecules and Materials in Civil Engineering

Abstract submission deadline
30 June 2024
Manuscript submission deadline
31 August 2024
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Dear Colleagues,

Bio-sourced molecules and materials represent the area of highest growth in civil engineering. They include adjuvants, plastics, rubbers, thermoplastic elastomers, adhesives, foams, paints, sealants and admixtures. Bio-products have always been used in civil engineering, including in building and construction, but currently, they are increasingly used to obtain new additives or more efficient composite formulations. The objective of this Topic is to restart the work in this field, and thus better assess the development prospects.

The field of civil engineering faces challenges, and bio-sourced molecules and materials can provide cost-effective solutions, including the following:

  • Resolve construction defects such as infiltration, chemical and environmental erosion, corrosion, and deformation;
  • The production of energy-efficient materials;
  • Minimize construction costs;
  • Improve the thermal and acoustic insulation of buildings;
  • Use ecofriendly building materials.

Thus, there is a need to replace conventional products with bio-based analogs.

The purpose of this Topic is to present the main types of bio-products used in civil engineering, to highlight the properties that make bio-products an appropriate choice of molecule/material and to list examples of their applications. The following main key properties will be taken into account for construction applications: mechanical properties, thermal and insulating properties, weathering, permeability, flammability, and environmental impact. The different fields of use for numerous bio-molecules or polymeric materials will be examined, including pipes and fittings, foundations, foams, roofing, flooring, paneling, roads, insulation, cable sheaths and sheaths, etc. Fiber-reinforced polymers that consist of several physical phases, including fibrous polymers dispersed in a continuous matrix phase, will also be considered. Polymer concretes will also be discussed due to the global demand for housing, transportation, and concrete products.

Prof. Dr. Patrick M. Martin
Dr. Vincent Dubois
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  • key properties: mechanical properties, thermal and insulating properties, weathering, permeability, flammability, thermal efficiency, acoustic efficiency, environmental impact
  • applications of bulk polymers
  • polymer foams: special foams, application of foams
  • key properties of fiber reinforced polymers materials: fire performance, vandal resistance, durability, chemical resistance, application
  • polymer concrete: polymer impregnated concrete, applications, polymer-cement concrete
  • fibre reinforced concrete
  • adhesives and sealants: adhesives, thermoplastic adhesives, thermoset adhesives, structural adhesive bonding, sealants
  • additives: admixtures, composites, formulation
  • biobased vs petrobased polymer
  • naturalness

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
3.4 5.2 2008 13.9 Days CHF 2600 Submit
5.0 6.6 2009 13.7 Days CHF 2700 Submit
Sustainable Chemistry
- - 2020 29.1 Days CHF 1000 Submit
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