Special Issue "Lignocellulosic Bionanomaterials"

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2021
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Guest Editors
Zeki Candan, Professor, Istanbul University, Turkey.
Zeki Candan is Professor at Istanbul University and member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Young Academy. He also worked in the private sector between 2005 and 2006, taking on the role of the Secretary General of Turkish Wood Based Panels Association. Professor Candan has more than 30 international / national awards. Professor Candan has received “The Outstanding Young Scientist Award” by Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2019. During master and PhD, he visited many universities and research institutions in the USA, Canada, Sweden, England, Germany, and China conducted scientific research. NanoTeam (Biomaterials & Nanotechnology Research Group) which is Professor Candan’s R&D and innovation group has carried out numerous qualified international scientific papers, proceedings, projects, patents, book chapters, and industry studies. The NanoTeam works on green materials, nanocomposites / bionanocomposites, lignocellulosic biomaterials, applications of nanotechnology in furniture / wood / resin industries, bioadhesives, Industry 4.0, smart products, renewable energy, thermal characterization of materials (DMTA, TMA, TGA, DTA, DSC). The NanoTeam also focuses on applications of lignocellulosic bionanomaterials such as nanocellulose and nanolignin in the fields of medical, pharmaceutical, energy, composite, food, and electronics.

Carmen-Mihaela Popescu, Professor, Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Romania.
Carmen-Mihaela Popescu is a senior scientific researcher at Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, in Iasi, Romania. She is also an associate researcher at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and a JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) fellow. Her scientific interests and experience are: thermal and chemical modification of wood; degradation processes affecting historic wood, effect of different degradative factors (fungi, temperature, humidity and UV light) and degradation/ageing mechanisms involved in wood degradation; formulations with superhydrophobic and antibacterial properties for wood, wood based products and other organic substrate protection; cellulose nanocrystals and silica based nano-composites; Pickering emulsion polymerization. She also has experience in different analytical techniques: optical and electronic microscopy, near (NIR) and mid (FT-IR) infrared spectroscopy and chemometric techniques, two dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2D-COS), X-ray diffraction, solid state CP/MAS 13C-NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and dynamic water vapour sorption.

Ayhan Tozluoglu, Professor, Duzce University, Turkey.
Ayhan Tozluoglu graduated from Department of Forest Industrial Engineering, Duzce University in 2004. In 2005, he was appointed as a Research Assistant to Duzce University. In the same year, he started his master's degree in the Duzce University, Institute of Science. He completed his Master's Degree in 2007. In 2011, he completed his doctorate in Duzce University, Institute of Science. He was appointed as Assistant Professor to Department of Forest Industrial Engineering. He received the title of Associate Professor in 2018. His area of Interest: lignocellulosic biomass, biopulping, biofuel production, renewable energy technologies, nanocellulose, nano/biocompsites, wood chemistry, pulp&paper.

Summary

Nanocellulose, nanolignin and their derivatives are lignocellulosic biomaterials. Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on earth. Cellulose-based nanomaterials gained a great interest in both science and technology due to its renewability, sustainability, biodegradability and environmentally friendly nature. Furthermore, their unique properties such as high surface area, excellent mechanical strength, high crystalline structure, ample hydroxyl content for modification and biocompatibility allow the valorization of nanocellulose as a replacement material to overcome petroleum-based polymer demands and recent environmental crisis. Nanocellulose materials are subdivided into three categories: cellulose-nanofibrils (CNF), cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and bacterial nanocellulose (BNC). Because of its excellent mechanical, chemical, and electrochemical properties, nanocellulose can be used in a variety of products such as cosmetics, aircraft, textiles, optics, gels, composites, pharmaceuticals, bone replacement, tooth repair, food additives, wound dressings, drug carriers and controlled releases, electronic products, and paper making. The aim of this Special Issue is to evaluate and cover novel research in the area of lignocellulosic bionanomaterials, in both original and review articles.


Keywords
Green materials, lignocellulosic biomaterials, renewable materials, sustainable products, cellulose-based nanomaterials, lignin/nanolignin, cellulose and lignin based composite materials, bionanocomposites