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Sustainable Polymer Composites: Functionality and Applications

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

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 in Functional Composite Materials 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. 

New articles will be added to the collection as they are published.

  1. Tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanotubes (NTs) are examined here as a filler for polylactide (PLA) for their ability to accelerate PLA crystallization and for their promising biocompatibility in relevant to biomedical ...

    Authors: Fausta Loffredo, Loredana Tammaro, Tiziana Di Luccio, Carmela Borriello, Fulvia Villani, Saverio De Vito, Karthik Ramachandran and Julia A. Kornfield
    Citation: Functional Composite Materials 2021 2:3
  2. Formation of blood vessels during bone regeneration represents a major challenge for tissue engineered constructs. Poor revascularization can lead to scaffold failure and consequently, leads to non-healing fra...

    Authors: Griselda V. Nájera-Romero, Muhammad Yar and Ihtesham Ur Rehman
    Citation: Functional Composite Materials 2020 1:9
  3. This study examines the influence of cellulose nanocrystal (CN) particles on the morphological, thermal, and thermo-mechanical properties of polylactide (PLA)/poly [(butylene succinate)-co-adipate] (PBSA) blen...

    Authors: Mpho Phillip Motloung, Simphiwe Zungu, Vincent Ojijo, Jayita Bandyopadhyay and Suprakas Sinha Ray
    Citation: Functional Composite Materials 2020 1:8
  4. Biodegradable films based on thermoplastic corn starch (TPS) and copper particles with antimicrobial capacity were developed. Copper nanoparticles (Cu) and silica coated copper microparticles (Si-Cu) in the ra...

    Authors: Olivia V. López, María E. Villanueva, Guillermo J. Copello and Marcelo A. Villar
    Citation: Functional Composite Materials 2020 1:6