The field of biobased polymers in all the involved areas is still in its infancy. This is even true for the bacterial polyesters that, although developed a long time ago, are not yet produced in full scale mostly for economical reasons. Polylactides –the most successful among the biobased polymers– are produced at a very minor level of the total production of polymers. Biorelated polymers are bringing also an additional value, namely degradability. On the other hand, polymeric biomaterials and their potential in different fields, mainly biology and biomedicine, are in an advanced state, but yet expanding in scope and impact.
Thus, the aims of this Conference are to review the present state of research in the area of biobased/biorelated polymers, and to provide a forum for discussion of future progress and prospect. Chemistry, physics and application of biobased/biorelated polymers and polymeric biomaterials will be covered.
The Conference will be based on invited lectures, oral communications and poster papers. Major topics are:• Polymers from renewable resources
• Green chemistry and sustainability of polymers
• Degradable and biodegradable polymers
• Polymers at the interfaces with life sciences
• Biocompatible polymers and polymeric biomaterials