Polymers from Renewable Resources

This peer reviewed journal publishes leading research focused on the development of renewable polymers and their applications.

Edited by Professor Sigbritt Karlsson, KTH, Sweden
2018, Volume 9, 4 issues per year

ISSN: 2041-2479

Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce that Polymers from Renewable Resources has been acquired by SAGE Publishing as of 19th June 2018.

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Polymers from Renewable Resources covers both the development of renewable polymers and their use in the production of industrial, consumer, and medical products.

Subjects covered in this journal include biopolymers, environmental impact, life cycle analysis, materials selection, plastics processing, product development, production processes, end of life strategies, synthesis, characterization and properties of materials prepared using renewable resources.

The renewable polymer industry is growing rapidly as it is attractive to both industry and consumers, they help:

  • reduce carbon emissions,
  • reduce landfill due to biodegradability and are combustible,
  • lessen dependence on oil.

The Editor, Professor Karlsson says “Polymers from Renewable Resources is the place for publishing all the exciting new research and development that strives to make tomorrow’s sustainable polymeric materials by the replacement of fossil based resources with renewable ones”.

About the Editor

Professor Sigbritt Karlsson has been:

  • Professor of Polymer Technology -  Environmental Interaction of Polymeric Materials, KTH, 1999.
  • Vice Dean of Faculty Strategic Education Issues, 2008-2010
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of Skövde, www.his.se

Research Interests

Professor Karlsson’s research focuses on the polymer technology with specialisation in the environmental interaction of polymeric materials. This includes the biodegradation of materials in various environment using bacteria, fungi and algae. Biopolymers (e.g. polysaccharides, proteins) and synthetic polymers are manufactured with tailored properties for high value applications in out- and indoor environments and biomedical implants. Key materials are the sustainable polymers and composites, the recycling of polymeric materials, the surface modification of biofibres (wood cellulose, coir, sisal, hemp etc.) for sustainable biocomposites and new cellulose derivatives with improved properties. The research on the adhesion of micro-organisms (biofilms) to polymeric materials in electrical products gives the basis for the design of new materials with antimicrobial properties. New polymeric materials are designed for medical use (e.g.: urinary catheters, tracheostomy tubes etc.) which slowly release antimicrobial agents as a function of time in order to avoid any kind of infection inside the human body during use. Advanced polymer characterisation is developed with special focus on mass spectrometry and chromatography. The monitoring of low molecular weight degradation products of polymeric materials and additives in various environments aims at understand the degradation of polymers and give basis for environmental impact studies (e.g. indoor air quality; biomaterials, emission to water, soil and air).

She has edited Polymers from Renewable Resources since its inception in 2009.

Free Online Access

Access to all the abstracts from this journal, dating back to 2001, can be viewed online completely free of charge at www.polymerjournals.com. Subscribers will be provided with a single user name and password to download the complete articles.