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Advances in Nanocellulose-Based Composites: Design, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications

Submission Deadline: 27 April 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Wei Zhang, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute, Sichuan University, China

Dr. Zhang received his BEng (2005) and MEng (2008) and PhD (2012) degrees from Sichuan University, China. During 2009-2011, he studied in Georgia Institute of Technology as a visiting scholar. Right after graduation, he joined Sichuan University as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. His research is mainly focused on biopolymers, particularly nanomaterials from renewable bioresources. The fabrication of cellulose nanofibers and their interdisciplinary applications in green nanocomposites, energy storage, water treatment and biomedical engineering have been the active topics in his research group. So far, he has published 80+ peer-reviewed papers, which have received 4500+ citations with an H-index of 40 (Google Scholar). His research work has been highlighted by many scientific news media, namely, Science and Technology Daily (in Chinese), C&EN, Materials Today, etc. He acts as an editor/editorial board member for 11 international journals. Besides, he has been actively serving as a referee for 60+ SCI journals. He has received several prestigious awards for research excellence, including the Scientist Medal Award of IAAM and the First Prize Award for Outstanding Scholar of Sichuan University.

Jiangqi Zhao, Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China

Dr. Zhao received his PhD from School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University in 2020. He was a Visiting Scholar during 2017-2019 at University of California, Berkeley, and a Research Assistant from 2020 to 2021 at City University of Hong Kong. His research interest includes nanometerization and functionalization of biomass materials, flexible energy storage materials and devices, biosensors and wearable monitoring devices. He has published more than 40 SCI papers, with a Scopus H-index of 24.


Polymer composites play a pivotal role in the modern society. However, most polymers are artificially synthesized from petroleum, which cannot be biodegraded and thus tend to induce serious environmental pollutions. Consequently, there are increasing interests in using more environmentally friendly materials and naturally occurring polymers for new material development. Cellulose is one of the most abundant natural polymers on the earth. It presents some extraordinary properties in terms of biocompatibility, biological degradability, and sustainability. In addition, nanocellulose has many other unique characteristics, such as the very large surface-to-volume ratio, high mechanical properties, and the ability to form highly porous aerogel. Hence, nanocellulose becomes more and more important in composite materials, attracting tremendous attention from both of the academia and the industry.

This Special Issue on “Advances in Nanocellulose-Based Composites: Design, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications” is aimed at collecting high-quality original research and review articles on topics including (but not limited to) the latest development of preparation of nanocellulose, nanocellulose-based composites, advanced functionalities, and applications of nanocellulose-based composites in water treatment, electromagnetic shielding, sensors, catalysis, energy storage, nanogenerators, thermoelectrics, piezoelectric, biomedicine, engineering materials, etc.

We strongly encourage contributions from researchers and experts in all related fields in the form of original research works or review articles.


Biomass materials, nanocellulose, composite materials, water treatment, electromagnetic shielding, sensors, catalysis, energy storage, nanogenerators, thermoelectrics, piezoelectric, biomedicine, engineering materials

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