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Sustainable Polymer Composites: Functionality and Applications

Call for Papers

Due to the alarming environmental issues and our heavy reliance on finite resources, sustainability has been widely recognised as one of the most important goals of our research and technology development. Given this, sustainable materials, which are based on renewable resources and/or degradable under certain conditions into harmless substances, have attracted extensive interest. In particular, the smart design of sustainable polymer composites could endow such materials with appealing functionality, making them have enormous potential for many applications such as in packaging, construction, health, environmental and agricultural areas.
This special collection is concerned with the structure, properties, and functionality of sustainable polymer composites and how these aspects are tailored by the chemistry and engineering of the materials. Most importantly, the issue requires articles that highlight new and enhanced functions, which are different from general properties, of sustainable polymer composites that can be demonstrated for certain applications. The composites of interest include, but are not limited to, biopolymer composites, bio-based composites, biodegradable composites, composites with ‘green’ components, and composites mimicking natural materials, as long as they demonstrate sustainability aspects. Original research articles or review articles are welcome.

Edited by
Fengwei (David) Xie, University of Warwick, UK

Submission deadline
30 September 2020

Published papers
Articles will be added to the collection as soon as they are published and can be found here

Submissions instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Functional Composite Materials. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Functional Composite Materials submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of this collection. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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