Special Issue "Electroactive Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016)
Electroactive polymers (also known as conducting polymers or inherently/intrinsically conducting polymers) are polymers that change their properties as a function of applied electric fields. The typically poor conductivities of these polymers, relative to many metals, has led some scientists and engineers to discount their utility. It is for that reason that the term electroactive polymers is perhaps a better descriptor; the ability of these materials to change properties is what has led to most of their potential applications. In the last three decades, electroactive polymers have transformed from interesting anomalies to promising materials for many applications. Changes in color have led to applications in electrochromics; changes in volume have practical applications in actuators, drug delivery, and separations; conductivity changes are useful for sensors; stable oxidation/reduction processes allow the materials to be used for energy storage (batteries and capacitors) and static dissipation; and light absorption and emission processes allow the polymers to be useful for photovoltaic and light emitting applications.
We invite the scientific community to submit their contributions, in the form of original research articles and review articles, in all areas of electroactive polymers. We are particularly interested in articles describing 1) synthetic approaches to monomers and polymers, 2) characterization of these polymers, and 3) applications of electroactive polymers in areas including photovoltaics, light emission, electrochromics, sensors, drug delivery, energy storage, actuators, and static dissipation.
There are many other electroactive polymer technologies and applications. The field is rapidly advancing into new areas of discovery.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Dr. Jennifer A. Irvin
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- electroactive polymer
- conducting polymer
- drug delivery
- light emitting polymer
- static dissipation