Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Current Topics in Recycling

Dimitris Achilias

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dimitris S. Achilias has more than 154 publications in scientific journals which have received more than 5900 citations with an h-index of 44. He holds 3 registered US Patents and is a member of the Hellenic Association of Thermal Analysis, Hellenic Polymer Association, and North American Thermal Analysis Society.


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In linear economy, petrochemical materials are frequently used as monomers to produce polymers that are usually disposed after their final applications. In circular economy, all waste materials after their use are reprocessed in order to form new raw materials, closing all cycles. Recycling of polymers is one part of the solution needed to create a circular economy for plastics. Recently, the development of biodegradable polymers has not solved the problem since the degradation in Earth’s landfills does not lead to the recovery of materials, while degradation in oceans possibly creates new unintended environmental problems. Thus, the development of sophisticated chemical recycling techniques or chemically recyclable polymers is the most sustainable solution to establish a circular materials economy.

This book aims to present the state-of-the-art for recycling methods of polymeric materials integrated into the field of the circular economy, as well as introduce various methods of (mainly) chemical recycling of plastics, aiming at the recovery of raw materials (monomers), other secondary value-added products, or bio-fuels. Additionally, presentation of highlights and technical and environmental benefits obtained from the development of the emerging area of recyclable polymers are welcome. Methods for the potential recycling of bio-based plastics, used lately in combination with conventional polymers, also fall within the scope of this project.

Finally, the aim of the book is to present methods for the recycling of polymers from two very interesting waste streams, i.e. those of waste electric and electronic equipment, and plastic packaging. Problems associated with the existence of possibly harmful additives in these plastic applications and their successful recycling are encouraged to be noted.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: March 10th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: June 6th 2021

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: August 25th 2021

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: October 24th 2021

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About the editor

Dimitris Achilias

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dimitris S. Achilias is a Professor of Polymer Chemistry and Technology at the Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He obtained his Diploma and Doctorate Degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering, AUTh. He has more than 154 publications in scientific journals which have received more than 5900 citations with h-index of 44 (SCOPUS). He has served as editor of three books concerning recycling, published by IntechOpen (with over 120,000 downloads), is a member of the editorial board on the journal polymers (MDPI), and guest editor of two special issues on polymers. He has participated in several research projects and holds three registered US Patents. He has also participated with over 220 oral or printed announcements in several conferences, as well as in the writing of 4 educational books (in Greek) and 9 chapters in international scientific books. He has supervised 2 Postdoctoral Researchers, 8 Ph.D. theses, 73 under-graduate, and 55 post-graduate dissertations. He also serves as a reviewer in several scientific journals and evaluator of several international research proposals. His current interests include the thermo-chemical recycling of polymers, polymerization kinetics, thermal degradation and crystallization kinetics of polymers, as well as synthesis of polymer nanocomposites.

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