Special Issue "Smart Polymers and Polymeric Structures"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Structure Analysis and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Reza Montazami
Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, IA 50011, USA
Website: http://www.web.me.iastate.edu/montazami/
E-Mail: reza@iastate.edu
Phone: +1 515 294 8733
Interests: smart materials; functional thin-films; ionic polymer membranes; electro-fuels; polymeric nanostructures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart materials exhibit a fast, repeatable, reversible and significant change in at least one of their physical properties in response to an external stimulus. It is important to emphasize on repeatable and significant, otherwise all materials can fall under the category of smart materials. Changes in physical properties may occur in form of change in optical properties, physical dimensions, geometry, net electric charge, to name a few, in response to an external stimuli such as electric field, temperature, stress, strain, pH, etc. Smart materials and structures can be found in form of solid solution, compound and composite; and can be characterized under three main categories of smart-polymers, smart-metals, and smart-ceramics. Smart structures consist of smart and/or other materials and/or elements.

This special issue aims to gather original research on materials, with focus on smart materials and structures, including but not limited to electromechanical, electrochromic, mechanoelectric, shape-memory, and thermomechanical polymers, metals and ceramics.

Experimental and numerical research on design, fabrication, characterization, properties, case studies, and applications of smart materials and structures are welcomed.

Some topics of interest are experimental and numerical research on:

  • Ionic/electric properties of smart polymers
  • Electromechanical materials (polymer/ceramic/metal)
  • Electrochromic materials (polymer/metal-oxide)
  • Thermomechanical materials
  • Piezoelectric materials

Dr. Reza Montazami
Guest Editor


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  • smart polymers
  • smart structures
  • functional materials
  • stimuli responsive materials
  • electromechanical materials
  • electrochromic materials

Published Papers (7 papers)

Materials 2014, 7(1), 375-398; doi:10.3390/ma7010375
Received: 28 October 2013; in revised form: 14 December 2013 / Accepted: 16 December 2013 / Published: 13 January 2014
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Materials 2013, 6(10), 4489-4504; doi:10.3390/ma6104489
Received: 31 July 2013; in revised form: 6 September 2013 / Accepted: 27 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(10), 4284-4308; doi:10.3390/ma6104284
Received: 4 July 2013; in revised form: 13 August 2013 / Accepted: 16 August 2013 / Published: 26 September 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(9), 4031-4045; doi:10.3390/ma6094031
Received: 11 July 2013; in revised form: 1 August 2013 / Accepted: 2 September 2013 / Published: 12 September 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(8), 3610-3623; doi:10.3390/ma6083610
Received: 26 July 2013; in revised form: 13 August 2013 / Accepted: 14 August 2013 / Published: 19 August 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(7), 2642-2661; doi:10.3390/ma6072642
Received: 26 March 2013; in revised form: 5 June 2013 / Accepted: 14 June 2013 / Published: 3 July 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(5), 1608-1620; doi:10.3390/ma6051608
Received: 14 February 2013; in revised form: 1 April 2013 / Accepted: 7 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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Last update: 26 February 2013

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