Four Professors from 4 different engineering graduate schools of Institut Mines-Télécom – namely IMT Nord Europe, IMT Atlantique, IMT Mines Albi and IMT Mines Alès – guest edit a Special Issue of the open access journal “Materials” (IF 3.748, ISSN 1996-1944) dedicated to « Advances in the Circularity of Polymeric and Composite Materials« . Manuscript submission is open until 20 May 2023.
Message from the Guest Editors:
Polymeric and composite materials are ubiquitous today. However, to improve their sustainability, it is of paramount importance to make sure that their waste does not end up in landfill or in the environment, and to find ways to recover and reuse these materials in useful and profitable applications. To contribute to building a resource-efficient future, it has become essential to put them in the loop of a more circular economy.
Eco-design, including design for recycling, has become the watchword, with several recycling techniques available and competing to achieve this ambitious goal. There is also an increasing number of attempts to reuse constitutive products recovered that way by reincorporating them into new materials or high value-added applications. Which methods achieve which objectives, however, and which make sense for various feedstocks?
This Special Issue welcomes papers (original research articles, state-of-the art reviews, short communications, perspectives, viewpoints, opinions, concept papers or case reports) on the latest advances and development of recycling, recovery, and reuse of polymeric and composite materials. Suggested contributions may address materials, processing, sorting, design, performance, or application issues, with either experimental or numerical approaches.
Prof. Dr. Patricia Krawczak (IMT Nord Europe), Dr. Sary Awad (IMT Atlantique), Dr. Florentin Berthet (IMT Mines Albi), Prof. Dr. José-Marie Lopez-Cuesta (IMT Mines Alès),
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