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Recent Advances in Fully Biobased Polymers and Their Composites

Call for Papers

Sustainability and safety along with strength are the cornerstones for the development of contemporary industrial products. Due to this, polymer composites are manufactured with biobased materials instead of synthetics. However, still most of the so-called biocomposites have a polymeric matrix that is of synthetic origin. Therefore, in order to utilize biobased resources, it is critical to develop true biocomposites where both the reinforcement and the polymer matrix are biological in nature.

The biocomposites often times suffer from poor mechanical properties and are very susceptible to fire. As a consequence, new research and development should be devised in order to manufacture biocomposites with acceptable performance properties. This could be achieved using novel biobased reinforcements and natural polymer resins having attractive material properties.

This special issue would serve as a platform for addressing the developments done in the field of polymer composites where all the constituents are biobased. Only papers where both the reinforcement/filler and the matrix are of biological origin would be considered for publication.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Engineering aspect of biocomposites: investigation into the different (preferably novel) manufacturing and processing methods and their effect on the resulting performance properties of the composites
  • Flammability and fire properties of biocomposites: studies that attempt to comprehend the burning behavior of composites. The submitted manuscripts should utilize at least two techniques relevant to determining the fire behavior (e.g., cone calorimeter, limiting oxygen index, glow wire test, and UL-94)
  • Novel reinforcements and matrix materials: in light of the need for using biobased materials to develop composites, it is imperative to use reinforcement, fillers, and resins that are derived from biobased sources. However, the journal would encourage submission of manuscripts that examine composite constituents that are beneficial for the betterment of multiple performance properties. For example, biochar (carbonised wood) can increase mechanical properties and impart fire resistance in composites simultaneously
  • Nano/micromechanical properties of biocomposites: investigation into the individual mechanical properties (both nano- and microscale) of the reinforcing fibers and/or particulates would allow for effective engineering and optimizing the properties of the resulting composites. These studies can involve techniques of nanoindentation and microhardness tester
  • Interphase/interface studies of biobased reinforcements and matrices: a good interfacial adhesion between the reinforcement and the matrix is critical for the enhancement of both mechanical and fire properties. Studies that investigate the properties of interfaces between the reinforcement and the matrix are welcome. These studies can include techniques such as atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 11 May 2018
Publication DateSeptember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Oisik Das, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Guest Editors

  • Azwan I. Azmi, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Perlis, Malaysia
  • Nam K. Kim, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand