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Recent Advances in Bio-based Functional Materials

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Guest Editors

Wei Yang, Professor, School of Energy, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hefei University, China.
Wei Yang is a full professor at Hefei University. He received his PhD degree in Nanoscience and Safety Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2012, following postdoctoral works at City University of Hong Kong and The University of New South Wales. Research within his group aims to understand cooperative interactions between nanomaterials and polymers and develop interfacial modifications of low-dimensional nanomaterials toward electromagnetic management, photothermal conversion, and environmental pollution treatment.

Chunxiang Wei, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Chunxiang Wei is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD degree in Polymer and Colloidal Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in 2017. His expertise focuses on polymer colloid materials, nanosheet-reinforced hydrogels and aerogels, and his research interests are currently centered on supramolecular integration of polymers and nanomaterials as well as their advanced applications.

Tangxin Xiao, Associate Professor, School of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, China.
Tangxin Xiao is an associate professor at Changzhou University. He received his PhD degree in supramolecular chemistry from Nanjing University in 2014. After postdoctoral research on fine chemicals at Zhejiang University-NHU Company United R&D Center, he joined Changzhou University in 2017, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. Between 2021 and 2022, he worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. His current research interests concern the supramolecular material.

Lili Wang, Associate Professor, School of Energy, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hefei University, China.
Lili Wang is an associate professor at Hefei University. She received her PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2015, following a visiting scholar work at the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences between 2018 and 2019. Her expertise focuses on the exploitation of bio-based carbon materials derived from renewable resources or wastes for manufacturing high-performance electrodes.


Achieving carbon neutralization is an inherent requirement for promoting high-quality economic development and high-level protection of the ecological environment. Therefore, the design and preparation of bio-based functional materials are urgently needed to reduce the consumption of oil resources as well as carbon emissions.

Bio-based compounds derived from renewable resources, such as phytic acid, lignin, vanillin, eugenol and cashew nut phenol, have been regarded as the next-generation flame retardants, ascribed to their sustainability, naturally abundant and environmentally benign properties. On the other hand, bio-based chars are solid residues of the pyrolysis process from renewable biomass sources such as wood, coconut shells, or agricultural waste. As more sustainable alternatives to chars commonly produced from non-renewable sources such as coal, they can be widely used for energy storage, catalysts, thermal management, and electromagnetic management in a sustainable way. Besides, bio-based gels (hydrogels, aerogels, etc.) are three-dimensional polymer networks derived from natural, non-toxic and biodegradable resources such as polysaccharides, cellulose, etc. On account of their unique properties, biocompatibility, and sustainability, they have been widely studied in various applications nowadays, including bioelectronics, wound healing, tissue engineering, sensing and monitoring, energy storage, etc.

This special issue will focus on the recent advances in the preparation, characterization, and application of bio-based functional materials. This special issue accepts research and review articles that will show a diversity of new developments in these areas.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

(a) Bio-based flame retardants and biochars for advanced functional materials

(b) Bio-based hydrogels/aerogels for bioelectronics, thermal, electromagnetic management and other applications


Bio-based Flame Retardants, Chars, Gels, Energy Storage, Sensors, Biomedical

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