Goals & scope

Renewable building blocks, natural polymers, biopolymers and their composites

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

Biopolymers for life science and health care

  • Smart and functional polymers, stimuli-responsive hydrogels, self-healing and shape memory of polymers and hydrogels.
  • Surfaces and interfaces, colloidal systems: thin films, polymer brushes and membranes; self-assembly, nanoparticles; nanomedicine.
  • Controlled drug and gene delivery; bioadhesive formulations; injectable soft materials, implants.
  • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired systems; enzyme immobilization; scaffold fabrication, cell-scaffold interactions, tissue engineering.

Processing, application and composites

  • Development and optimization of processing technologies for biopolymers.
  • Electrospinning, additive manufacturing, digital design of biopolymers, 3D printing, rapid prototyping.
  • Natural fiber reinforcement and (nano)composites with biopolymer matrices; hybrid nanomaterials, surface modification, coupling, deformation and failure mechanisms.
  • Market of biopolymers, application in packaging, cosmetics, agriculture, automotive industry, electronics, optics, energy, sensors and actuators, waste water treatment, superabsorbents, wound dressings, etc.

Environmental aspects, sustainability, green polymers and composites

  • Biorefineries, biomass conversion, sustainable production of monomers and polymers from wastes and side streams.
  • Degradation, biodegradation, biodeterioration and composting. Stabilization.
  • Recycling, waste management, environmental impact, life cycle analysis and certification.