Special Issue "Recent Development on Bio-Derived Materials for Polyurethane Foams"

Submission Deadline: 05 December 2020
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Guest Editors
Dr. Ram K. Gupta, Associate Professor
Kansas Polymer Research Center & Department of Chemistry, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS 66762, USA
Dr. Ram Gupta is an Associate Professor at Pittsburg State University. Before joining to Pittsburg State University, he worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO then as a Senior Research Scientist at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. Dr. Gupta’s research focuses on bio-based polymers and their composites, bio-derived polyols, rigid and flexible polyurethanes, flame retardant polyurethanes, thermoplastic, thermoset polymers, green energy production and storage using conducting polymers and composites, bio-compatible nanofibers for tissue regeneration, scaffold and antibacterial applications, bio-degradable metallic implants.


Due to increasing concerns about the environment protection, the development of monomers/chemicals from renewable resources is highly desired. Numerous efforts have been done for finding an alternative of petroleum source to bio-based derivation. Green-based approach for polymeric materials has initiated wide research over bio-based polyols using vegetable oils. Polyols, which are organic compounds with multiple hydroxyl groups possessing the ability to readily react with isocyanate and form polymeric compounds. Polyols were synthesized by the generation of multiple hydroxyl groups at the double bonds of vegetable oils creating a higher degree of crosslinking and making for rigid structural foams. Soybean oil, castor oil, canola oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, cashew-based derivatives and many other sources used for bio-based polyols. This Special Issue "Recent Development on Bio-Derived Materials for Polyurethane Foams" covers the development of rigid or flexible polyurethane foams using bio-based materials. The scope of interests includes but is not limited to the following topics:
● Green chemistry for sustainable future
● Synthesis of novel polyols
● Polyurethane foams
● Flame retardant polyurethane foams
● Polymeric nanocomposites
● Structure-property correlation
● Biodegradable polymers
● Processing and recycling of polyurethanes 

Green Chemistry; Bio-based polyols; Polymers; Polyurethanes; Flame retardant polyurethanes; Polymeric foams; Synthesis; Structure-property relationships; Processing; Recycling; Bio and environmental degradation