Everyone ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering The reader will appreciate what polymers have done to positively change medicine, transportation, electronics, and more. Any reader will also appreciate that the problems our traditional plastics cause for human health and the environment are unsustainable and cannot go on unchanged.

In this virtual special edition (VSI) you will find contributions from leading groups from around the world on an unbelievable variety of topics in the overall area “Degradable and Recyclable Polymers”. The types of materials examined in the issue include polyurethane, cellulose, polyester, novel enzymatically derived polysaccharides, and many more. The value chains of these materials are also very diverse, including packaging, adhesives, apparel applications and more. Finally, the studies will also provide a comprehensive overview of the nature of academic work in this exciting and rapidly changing field, how materials can help make the world economy more circular. Examples are studies of degradation mechanisms, new material syntheses, new applications for materials and enzymes for recycling.

Because of the science represented in the publications in this VSI and the global community of other researchers building on and expanding this important work, a future portfolio of materials can be realized that is degradable, recyclable, and healthy. In this way, we as the scientific community are preserving the best of what has been achieved in the last century and eliminating the unintended negative consequences. Isn’t it about sustainable chemistry and technology?

Adapted from the ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Editorial by guest editors Paul Anastas and Michael Saltzberg.

Find out more in the lead article of the virtual special edition “Degradable and Recyclable”.

Selected items:

Antibacterial and soluble paper-based skin attachable human motion sensor with triboelectricity
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 29, 10786-10794
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c02542

Intrinsic biodegradability of plastics and ecological risk in the event of leakage
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 25, 9239-9249
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c01230

Enzymatic Polymerization Routes to Synthetic Natural Materials: An Overview
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 27, 9947-9954
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c01664

Hydrolyzable bio-based polyhydroxy urethane networks with shape memory behavior at body temperature
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 24, 9125-9135
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c02610

Current status and perspectives of the polyethylene terephthalate hydrolases available for biorecycling
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 24, 8894-8908
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c01638

Effective control of broad-leaved weed species with biodegradable PBAT / PLA mulch film, embedded in the herbicide 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA)
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 13, 5360-5370
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c00991

“By nature for nature”: An environmentally friendly antifouling coating made from poly (lactic acid) -based polyurethane and natural antifouling
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 3, 1671-1678
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.9b06917

Sustainable triblock copolymers as adjustable and degradable pressure sensitive adhesives
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 32, 12036-12044
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c03158

Synthesis of linear polyesters from monomers based on 1,18- (Z) -Octadec-9-enedioic acid and their biodegradability
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 45, 16853-16860
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c05671

Multiple hydrogen bonding enables strong, sturdy, and recyclable soy protein films
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 20, 7680-7689
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c01333

Degradation behavior of bio-based epoxy resins in mildly acidic media
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 1, 438-447
DOI: 10.1021 / acssuschemeng.0c07621


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