November 05, 2021

It is a great privilege for me to serve as Guest Editor of a new Special Issue in Polymers MDPI (Q1, IF: 4.329) themed “Development of High-Performance Biobased Polyesters” with Professor Dimitrios Bikiaris from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (LINK) and Professor Minna Hakkarainen from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (LINK)

For further reading, please follow the link of the SI: https://lnkd.in/eywmJXP
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2022.
We welcome in advance your excellent contributions to this Special Issue by submitting original research articles, review articles, or short communications aligned with this topic.

The Polymers office specifically approved a free publication on “review” for our special issue. If you or your colleagues can submit a “review paper” before 31 January 2022it will be free of any charge

November 01, 2021

It is time to move on and start a new chapter in my career as Researcher at one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work !!

28 September 2021

I am delighted to attend the 5th European Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry – 5th EuGSC (26-29 September 2021), where I presented my latest work entitled: “Tuning thermal properties and biodegradability of Isosorbide-based polyester by compositional control through copolymerization with 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid

These innovative copolyesters, distinguished by improved thermal performance, noticeable susceptibility to enzymatic degradation, and sustainability are highly desired. These unique characteristics endow this novel class of furan-based copolyesters a great potential for a broad range of practical applications requiring high Tg values and make them a concrete contribution towards greener materials…

Coming soon!! 14th & 15th September 2021: FUR4Sustain summer meeting Agenda

Get ready for two days of interesting talks, knowledge and networking!

It is with great pleasure that we all will meet (in-person or on-line) in the next 14th and 15th of September to discuss and advance the future of Furan-based materials, in particular, and sustainable polymers, in general.

Please find below the agenda for these two exciting days!

22 July 2021

COST network wants to introduce innovative and sustainable furan-based plastics on the market

Did you know that many alternatives exist to move-away from unrenewable fossil-resources-based plastic as we use it today?

Different biomass-derived polymers are possible and could be introduced on the market, but challenges remain as research and initiatives are scattered.

COST Action FUR4sustain brings together experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds and looks at innovative solution such as furans for green alternatives.

For more details, click here

#sustainability #FUR4sustain #2,5-FDCA #furans #polymer #greenplastic #researchnetwork #environment

29 March 2021

We are pleased to share our latest publication on the development of renewable Furan-based polyester blends, published by BIKIARIS Group @ Polymers (Q1, IF=4.329).
Article title: “A New Era in Engineering Plastics: Compatibility and Perspectives of Sustainable Alipharomatic Poly(ethylene terephthalate) /Poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) Blends
For more details, visit the link below:
In this work, a series of Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) polyester blends in the entire range of compositions have been successfully prepared. The structure, thermal transition temperatures and the thermodynamics of miscibility phenomena of the synthesized Furanoate blends have been studied in detail…
To sum up, such blends are expected to play a major role in the near future for the increase in sustainability and the transition to green economies.

02 March 2021

One of our outstanding contributions to the development of fully biobased furanoate polyesters has just been published yesterday by BIKIARIS Group in Green Chemistry (IF=10.182).
Title of our publication: “Investigation of the catalytic activity and reaction kinetic modeling of two antimony catalysts in the synthesis of poly(ethylene furanoate)
For more details, visit the link below: (LINK)

21 January 2021 My latest paper has just been published today in Polymer Chemistry (IF=5.582).
Article title: “Synthesis and characterization of fully biobased polyesters with tunable branched architectures
For more details, visit the link below: (LINK)

17-18 December 2020 I am delighted to attend the “FUR4Sustain XMAS meeting 2020 (COST Action CA18220, LINK 1, LINK 2) #FUR4Sustain

06 October 2020 I am very delighted to join the “European network of FURan based chemicals and materials FOR a Sustainable development” (COST Action CA18220, LINK 1, LINK 2)

07 August 2020 In my latest study published in Polymer Degradation and Stability “IF=5.030” (click here), a truly efficient, practical, and more environmentally friendly solvent-free synthetic route was successfully applied herein to prepare three new fully biobased diol monomers derived from vanillic acid. To ascertain their stability toward the conditions of melt polycondensation, these diols were subjected to melt polycondensation with diacyl chlorides having different length alkane bridges and also with dimethyl furan-2,5-furan dicarboxylate.
The overall conclusion is that such work is a concrete contribution towards the valorization of vanillic acid. It can be used as a support and helpful reference to highlight the feasibility of a more environmentally benign solvent-free pathway for sustainable building blocks design.
This innovative synthesis route that could be readily applied at industrial scale makes the development of fully biomass-derived plastics easier and faster, which is the real willingness of both the scientific and industrial communities.

15-17 July 2020 It is delighted to give an oral presentation at virtual Milan Polymer Days conference (MIPOL2020) about our recent work entitled: “Solvent-free synthesis of new fully biobased diol monomers through industrially viable approach: Toward new insights into the valorization of vanillic acid-based polyesters” (Click here)

16 March 2020 For first time, the synthesis of a novel furanoate polyester-urethane with vitrimer-like behavior was reported in our lastest publication published in Biomacromolecules “IF=6.988” (Click here)

04 February 2020 In our recent study published in Thermochimica Acta (click here), the effect of three different stabilizers on the physicochemical properties of the poly(ethylene 2,5-furan dicarboxylate) (PEF) biobased polyester have been studied for the first time.

25 September 2019 My recent paper published in Polymer Degradation and Stability “IF=5.030” (click here), describing an effective solution for overcoming the low glass transition temperature (Tg) of poly(hexamethylene 2,5-furan dicarboxylate) (PHF), is proposed that uses isosorbide as a bicyclic rigid diol comonomer. Such kind of copolymers developed herein, which combines both the sustainability and improved thermal performance, is highly desired…

12 February 2019 Our recent study, published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering “IF=8.198”, spotlighted a successful synthesis of a novel series of biobased poly(decamethylene-co-isosorbide 2,5-furandicarboxylate)s copolyesters from dimethylfuran-2,5-dicarboxylate, isosorbide, and 1,10-decanediol by melt polycondensation. These prepared materials revealed high sensistivity to the biodegradation process in soil, in addition to superior mechanical properties. Taking advantage of their features, PDIsFs have the potential to serve as promising and innovative biobased polymers for practical applications such as ecofriendly and sustainable plastic packaging.

10 February 2018 In this paper published in Polymer Degradation and Stability “IF=5.030”, we successfully synthesized by melt polycondensation a biobased Furanoate series of random poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol-co-isosorbide 2,5-furandicarboxylate)s (PCIsFs) copolyesters. The prepared copolyesters showed good thermal stability. The efficiency of isosorbide insertion into polymer backbone was proved to be efficient route to enhance the thermal properties, for example significant increase in Tg, as well as to control the crystallinity and crystallization rate for PCIsFs copolyesters. It is noteworthy that, thanks to isosorbide, a correlation between PCIsFs chemical structure and their crystal structure and thermal characteristics were found…

For more details, click here