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Special Issue in Celebration of JRM 10 Years

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Guest Editors

Prof. Antonio Pizzi, University of Lorraine, France
Antonio Pizzi, is full professor of industrial chemistry at the ENSTIB, University of Lorraine. Prof. Pizzi, who holds a Dr.Chem. (Polymers, Rome, Italy), a Ph.D.(Organic Chemistry, South Africa) and a D.Sc.(Wood Chemistry, South Africa), is the author of more than 1000 research and technical articles, patents, contract reports and international conference papers as well as 10 books on adhesion and adhesives published in New York. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international prizes for new industrial developments in his fields of specialization such as, among others the Descartes Prize of the European Commission (UK), the Schweighofer Prize for Wood Research Innovation (Austria), the Gold Medal from the Academie de l'Agriculture de France (France) and the Wake Memorial Medal of the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives (UK). His best-known area of specialization is on wood and fiber glueing and wood adhesives chemistry, formulation and application, in particular in bioadhesives and their application to composite products based on natural materials.

Prof. George Zacharias Papageorgiou, University of Ioannina, Greece
George Z. Papageorgiou is an Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry, University of Ioannina. He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). He also holds an MSc (1998) and a Ph.D. (2002) in Polymer Science (AUTh). His current research focuses on polymers from renewable resources and biodegradable polymers. Polymer matrix nanocomposites, pharmaceutical technology, and thermal analysis are also among his research interests. He is the author and co-author of about 130 journal papers and book chapters. A large number of his publications deal with the synthesis, phase transitions, and crystallization of polyesters of 2, 5-furandicarboxylic acid and other polymers from monomers derived from biomass.

Prof. Krzysztof Pielichowski, Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Krzysztof Pielichowski is a full Professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, Cracow University of Technology. He graduated from the Cracow University of Technology, and received his Ph.D. from AGH University of Science and Technology and D.Sc. from Warsaw University of Technology. His research interests are focused on polymer (nano) technology and chemistry, particularly in the areas of (bio) polymer nanocomposites with nanocrystalline cellulose and hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Special attention is dedicated to the assessment of (nano) composite materials impact on the environment at all stages: preparation, characterization and recycling. He is co-author (or editor) of eight books and over 120 papers with impact factor. He is member Committee of Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Commission of Technical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as recipient of Kosciuszko Foundation and Fulbright Foundation fellowships in the USA. He has served as a reviewer of a number of projects and research papers over the last decade and was supervisor of eleven Ph.D. thesis (completed) and four currently running.

Prof. Guanben Du, Southwest Forestry University, China
Dr. Du received his PhD from Nanjing Forestry University on Wood Science and Technology, 1998 in China. After that, he was appointed a full and chair professor at the College of Materials Science and Engineering in Southwest Forestry University, China. Prof. Du was elected a fellow in the International Academy of Wood Science, 2010; a dean at the College of Materials Science and Engineering, 2003; and vice president of Southwest Forestry University, 2007. Last 20 years Prof. Du focused on wood adhesives, wood composites and wood surface treatment. He published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 20 patents, and 10 books/chapters. He actively takes part in international and domestic conferences. He has been deeply involved in international collaboration, such as EU project, and Sino-French collaboration program, he is now working as director of the International Joint Research Center for Bio-Materials. Due to his great achievements, he holds many awards from his government and province. A few recent ones to be noted are “Hundred, Thousand, and Ten Thousand Talents, 2014”, and “Program for Leading Talents on Sci.-Tech., 2017” for his innovation and contribution to forest product industry. Other important awards are the second prize of National Science-Technology Progress Award, the prize of provincial outstanding scientist, Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Science and Technology Award, the National Award for Excellence in Innovation, and Yunnan Science and Technology Outstanding Contribution Award.

Prof. Jin Zhu, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, CAS, China
Jin Zhu is a Professor of Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Zhu got his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2001 and did postdoctoral research at Cornell University from 2001 to 2003. He worked at several US companies before he returned China in 2009. His major research interests are bio-based polymers, nanocomposites and flame retardancy. Currently, he spends more efforts on bio-based polyesters, bio-based thermosetting polymers, biocomposites and bio-based polymer additives. He has published more than 300 research papers and 160 patents granted. The papers are cited more than 16000 from Google Scholar. Five technologies have been successfully transferred to companies and commercialized, which include Soybean based wood adhesives, Polylactic acid foaming materials, Herb-plastic composites (invented and named), Transparent copolyesters with high Tg and Furandicarboxylic acid based polyesters. Total fund from government and industry is more than RMB 100 million.

Prof. Xuming Xie, Tsinghua University, China
Xuming Xie graduated with B. Eng from Shinshu University, Japan in 1985. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Dept. of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1987 and 1990, respectively. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as a research scientist at Kawasaki Plastics Laboratory, Showa Denko, Ltd. (Japan). He has worked at Tsinghua University since 1992, and has been a full Professor since 1999. He is interested in areas such as 1) Structure control and properties of multiphase polymer systems 2) Recycling and renewable of waste plastics 3) Polymer grafting and modification 4) Modification and assembly of nanomaterials and their nanocomposites 5) Super tough and highly stretchable hydrogels 6) Confined crystallization and phase separation of polymer systems. He was awarded JSPS Visiting Professor Fellowship in 1999 and Georgy. T. Piercy Distinguished Visiting Professor award from Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Materials, University of Minnesota (USA) in 2002. He was also invited as a visiting Professor in Chuo University, Japan in 2005. In 2007 and 2018 he obtained the “Feng Xinde Polymer Prize” respectively from ELSEVIER. He has published more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds 28 Chinese, European and/or US patents which have been approved or disclosed.

Prof. Chaoqun Zhang, South China Agricultural University, China
Chaoqun Zhang is a full Professor of College of Materials and Energy, South China Agricultural University (China). Prof. Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2014 from Iowa State University, USA. Following his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Sustainable Polymers at University of Minnesota from 2014 to 2015 and at Texas A&M University from 2015 to 2016 before he returned to China. His research interests are focused on vegetable oil based waterborne polyurethanes, plant polyphenol based epoxy resins and carbohydrate-based functional hydrogels. He has published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has filed more than 10 patents. He has edited a book under the title of “Bio-based Plant Oil Polymers and Composites” 2016, Elsevier. He is the recipient of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2022), Distinguished Young Scholars Award of Guangdong Province (2018), and Pearl River Talent Plan (2018).


The Journal of Renewable Materials (JRM) is born ten years ago, and 10 years for a new journal is a date to celebrate. This is the reason why such Special Issue has been created, both to celebrate past achievements but mainly to look confidently to the future achievements which will not fail to come. These past 10 years have been rich of growth in several fields of both Materials Science and Environmental Science for our journal and they have seen the growth of the journal to increase incredibly with a variety of renewable and recyclable materials and their applications being addressed and published. The variety of materials and applications has been really incredible, attesting for the present day liveliness of the “renewables” field. The JRM has then grown and continues growing both in citations to the research work presented in it, confirming its importance in its chosen “Renewables” area, as well as growing in reputation within the scientific community it serves.


The reason for launching such a wide-ranging Special Issue is to encourage all scientists involved in renewable materials to have a showcase for the multitude of different aspects of renewable materials, namely renewable biomaterials of any kind used for:


1. Biomaterials for construction

2. High–tech biomaterials of any kind

3. Biomaterials for pharmaceutical/medical applications

4. Biocomposites and biofibres of any kind

5. Bioadhesives, bioresins, biopolymers and bioplastics

6. Electronics from renewable biomaterials

7. Biomaterials substitutes for any synthetic material in any application

8. Chemicals from renewable biomaterials

9. Recyclables from renewables


And so many other areas, the list being so long that is almost impossible to define the multitude of fields which are of interest for this issue. Dear colleagues and friends, let’s go for it, let’s make this a memorable special issue to showcase all what renewable can do.

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Silica Gel from Chemical Glass Bottle Waste as Adsorbent for Methylene Blue: Optimization Using BBD

    Suprapto Suprapto, Putri Augista Nur Azizah, Yatim Lailun Ni’mah
    Journal of Renewable Materials, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.031210
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Special Issue in Celebration of JRM 10 Years)
    Abstract This research focuses on the effective removal of methylene blue dye using silica gel synthesized from chemical glass bottle waste as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective adsorbent. The adsorption process was optimized using Box-Behnken Design (BBD) and Response Surface Methodology (RSM) to investigate the influence of pH (6; 8 and 10), contact time (15; 30 and 45 min), adsorbent mass (30; 50 and 70 mg), and initial concentration (20; 50 and 80 mg/L) of the adsorbate on the adsorption efficiency. The BBD was conducted using Google Colaboratory software, which encompassed 27 experiments with randomly assigned combinations. The silica gel synthesized… More >

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