Recent Progress in Materials is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

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Free Publication in 2020
Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019

Special Issue

Bio-based Materials: Smart and Packaging Applications

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020 (Open)                Submit Now

Guest Editors

Consuelo Fritz, PhD
Principal Researcher, Center of Innovation and Applied Science (CIAS CHILE), Santiago, Metropolitan Area, Chile
Research Interests: bio-based and composite materials; nanotechnology; nanocellulose; interfacial chemistry; surface active components; characterization and analysis of biopolymers

About this topic

Currently, the consumers and regulatory agencies demand the utilization of more environmentally friendly packaging. The development of bio-based materials for packaging applications has gained interest due to the concerns regarding petroleum-based plastic packaging materials.
The necessity for a sophisticated packaging involves achieving a component with at least equal performance of existing materials in terms of mechanical and thermal properties, barrier properties (liquid, water vapor, oxygen, UV light, and CO2 barriers), antimicrobial properties, and transparency and edibility (for certain applications). The improvement of biomaterials with novel functionalities has been focused for food packaging, but it should also be extended to other packaging applications.
Several advantages have been identified in the use of bio-based materials: lesser amount of energy in the production of biodegradable plastics compared to conventional petroleum-derived plastics; recyclability, compostability, and biodegradability. Therefore, the utilization of packaging materials such as polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride should be restricted to avoid their accumulation into the environment.
In this special issue we will pursue to those articles including the use of nanotechnology; development of bio-based bioplastics; new strategies for compatibilization between different polymer matrices (melt compounding, emulsion polymerization, among others); development of active packaging containing encapsulated natural components; or other related studies.


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