Goals & scope

Renewable building blocks, natural polymers, and biopolymers

  • Raw materials based on natural resources (triglycerides, lignin, flavonoids, etc.), their application for the synthesis of biopolymers.
  • Natural polymers and their derivatives (polysaccharides, proteins, lignin, etc.); modification, functionalization, and plasticization.
  • Microbial production of biopolymers; synthesis and properties of bio-based and biodegradable polymers (polyesters, polyhydroxyalkanoates, polyamides, polyolefins, etc.).
  • Macromolecular design and engineering, novel synthetic routes, controlled polymerization of sequence-specific polymers, functional modification of polymers.

Biopolymer blends, biocomposites, processing technologies, and application

  • Biopolymer blends and composites; natural fiber reinforcement and (nano)composites with biopolymer matrices; hybrid nanomaterials, surface modification, coupling, deformation and failure mechanisms.
  • Natural, bio-based, and sustainable plastics additives: process aids, plasticizers, impact modifiers, stabilizers, flame retardants, pigments, etc.
  • Development and optimization of sustainable processing technologies for biopolymers; rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, 3D printing, electrospinning.
  • Biopolymers market, applications in packaging, construction, automotive industry, agriculture, cosmetics, electronics, optics, energy, sensors and actuators, wastewater treatment, superabsorbents, wound dressings, etc.

Biopolymers in life sciences and healthcare

  • Smart and functional polymers, stimuli-responsive hydrogels, self-healing, and shape memory behavior of polymers and hydrogels.
  • Colloidal systems, surfaces, and interfaces: thin films, polymer brushes, and membranes; self-assembly and nanoparticles; nanomedicine.
  • Controlled delivery of drugs and genes; polymeric drugs, antimicrobial applications; bioadhesive formulations; injectable soft materials and implants; polymers in diagnostic imaging and biosensing.
  • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired systems; enzyme immobilization; scaffold fabrication, cell-scaffold interactions, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Bioeconomy aspects, biomass-based value chains, circularity and environmental sustainability

  • Biorefineries, biomass conversion, sustainable production of monomers and polymers from organic wastes and side streams.
  • Sustainable chemicals and materials in biomass-based value chains.
  • Waste management, recycling, cascading use, circular use of materials, design for circularity; degradation and stability, biodegradation, biodeterioration, and composting.
  • Environmental impact assessment, life cycle analysis, and certification.