Special Issue "Polymeric Composites Based on Sustainable Technologies and Renewable Materials"

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2020
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Guest Editors
Krzysztof Formela, Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Polymer Technology, Gdansk, Poland;
Mateusz Barczewski, Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Materials Technology, Polymer Processing Division, Poznań, Poland;

Summary

The need of novel engineering materials development despite many years of research still remains unmet. Production of polymeric composites with lowered impact on environment moght be realized by incorporation of various sustainable technologies including: valorization of waste materials for production of highly efficient reinforcing fillers, application of renewable and biodegradable natural fibers or polymeric matrices, production of single polymer composites (SPCs) and self reinforcing composites (SRCs) characterized with high recyclability, and many others.
The aim of proposed Special Issue is to share information about recent development of novel polymeric composites based on sustainable technologies and renewable materials, which extend their industrial applications. Furthermore, presentation of various problems, such as: narrow temperature processing window in polymer composites, thermal degradation of waste materials and lignocellulosic fillers during processing or immiscibility/incompatibility of waste materials with polymeric matrix.
High-quality original research articles presenting technological cases, conceptual solutions of new technological and materials insights and reviews in these subjects are warmly welcomed.


Keywords
Composites; Natural fibers; Single polymer composites; Waste; Recycling; Sustainability; Biodegradable; Renewable materials

Published Papers
  • Decorative Wood Fiber/High-Density Polyethylene Composite with Canvas or Polyester Fabric
  • Abstract Wood-plastic composite is an environmentally friendly material, due to its use of recycled thermoplastics and plant fibers. However, its surface lacks attractive aesthetic qualities. In this paper, a method of decorating wood fiber/ high-density polyethylene (WF/HDPE) without adding adhesive was explored. Canvas or polyester fabrics were selected as the surface decoration materials. The influence of hot-pressing temperature and WF/HDPE ratio on the adhesion was studied. The surface bonding strength, water resistance, and surface color were evaluated, and observation within the infrared spectrum and under scanning electron microscopy was used to analyze the bonding process. The results showed that the fabric… More
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