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Flammability of Biopolymers and Polymer Composites Reinforced with Fillers with Plant Origin

Submission Deadline: 01 November 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Mateusz Barczewski, Professor, Poznan University of Technology, Poland.

Prof. Mateusz Barczewski is an associate professor in polymer processing at Institute of Materials Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Poznan University of Technology. His research interests include development of sustainable technologies for manufacturing composites with plant-based and waste origin. He has published above 100 publications in refereed journals and editor and guest editor in several impact factor journals.

Kamila Sałasińska, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.

Dr. Kamila Sałasińska is a senior researcher in functional and composite science at the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology. She is the author of more than 60 articles published in JCR indexed journals. She is the author of many technological solutions and patents in intumescent sustainable flame retardants used for modification of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers.


The search for new solutions in creating environmentally friendly materials is associated with using polymers of natural origin or the introduction of plant-based natural fillers in the form of fibers or particles. The production of composites with an increased amount of natural fillers, on the one hand, reduces their environmental impact and improves mechanical properties; on the other hand, due to the fillers' lignocellulosic structure, it reduces their thermal stability. Recent research has shown that the conscious selection of fillers of plant origin with defined chemical structure makes it possible to treat a significant part of the fillers as functional materials. As demonstrated in many research, the presence of natural additives may reduce the flammability of polymers and their composites.

In this Special Issue of the Journal of Renewable Materials, entitled "Flammability of Biopolymers and Polymer Composites Reinforced with Fillers with Plant Origin", the dissemination of high-quality original research articles and comprehensive reviews will be considered, both aimed to understanding the burning behavior of biocomposite as well as describing ready-made engineering solutions.

The thematic scope is presented in the following points but is not limited to them:

- Flammability of laminates with a matrix of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers reinforced with natural fibers

- The use of flame-retardant compounds of natural origin

- A new hybrid flame-retardants from selected plant fillers and extracts

- Fumes emission and the toxicity of smoke from bio-based materials during a fire


flammability, fire retardants, burning behavior, biopolymers, biocomposites, natural composites, waste fillers, natural fillers, lignocellulose, fire behavior, thermal stability, toxicity

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