Special Issue "Smart Polymers and Polymeric Structures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2013)
Dr. Reza Montazami
Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, IA 50011, USA
Phone: +1 515 294 8733
Interests: smart materials; functional thin-films; ionic polymer membranes; electro-fuels; polymeric nanostructures
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
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- smart polymers
- smart structures
- functional materials
- stimuli responsive materials
- electromechanical materials
- electrochromic materials
Article: Accelerated Thermal Cycling Test of Microencapsulated Paraffin Wax/Polyaniline Made by Simple Preparation Method for Solar Thermal Energy Storage
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| Download PDF Full-text (2424 KB)
Article: Spinnability and Characteristics of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)-based Bicomponent Fibers with a Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Modified Polypropylene Core for Piezoelectric Applications
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| Download PDF Full-text (1536 KB)
Article: Fabrication of Super-Hydrophobic Microchannels via Strain-Recovery Deformations of Polystyrene and Oxygen Reactive Ion Etch
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| Download PDF Full-text (759 KB)
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| Download PDF Full-text (755 KB)
Article: A Hybrid Methacrylate-Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose Interpolyelectrolyte Complex: Rheometry and in Silico Disposition for Controlled Drug Release
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| Download PDF Full-text (861 KB)
Article: Epoxy/Polycaprolactone Systems with Triple-Shape Memory Effect: Electrospun Nanoweb with and without Graphene Versus Co-Continuous Morphology
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| Download PDF Full-text (1411 KB)
Last update: 26 February 2013