Special Issue "Advances in Responsive Membranes"


A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Annarosa Gugliuzza
Institute on Membrane Technology—Research National Council (ITM-CNR), c/o University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, 17C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Website: http://www.itm.cnr.it
Fax: +39 984 402103
Interests: responsive membranes; electromembranes; composite membranes; honeycomb membranes; polyelectrolytes; nano assembly; layer-by-layer; wetting properties; membrane transport phenomena; biosensors; labs-on-a-chip; drug-delivery systems; textiles; packaging; gas separation; membrane contactors; catalytic membrane reactors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue came as the natural consequence of the previous one “Responsive Polymer Membranes”.

Today an ambitious target is the fabrication of ultra-smart systems, wherein the functions of sensing, acting and adapting are sequentially integrated. Within this frame, the membranes can play a key role in the build up of complex arrays, where complementary smart functions can be allocated and integrated.

Synthesis and assembly of smart membranes represent an attractive issue for the realization of nanodevices that may find application in (bio)sensors, actuators, drug delivery systems, drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, microfluidic systems, (bio)separations, regenerative medicine, power storage and release, environment monitoring, agro food safety, shield and microclimate regulation, and long-distance communication.

For coming years, the transit from passive to ultra-smart membranes is expected to bring key advances and innovation in Health, Environment, Food, Transport and Textile, yielding the real opportunity to combine efficiency with safety and security.

The category of intelligent membranes associates adaptive ability with reactive functions when changing surrounding media and includes flat films and hollow-fibers, nanocomposites layers, free-standing hydrogels, switchable interfaces, micro- capsules and core-shell structures.

In all these cases, controlled porosity, texture and chemical composition self-adjust and self-maintain, yielding regulated mass/energy flow or signals/information transfer in response to external physical and/or chemical solicitations.

In this respect, this special issue welcomes original papers and reviews that reflect breakthroughs in:

  1. Synthesis of sensors materials with controlled structure and chemical composition that show selective responsiveness.
  2. Sophisticated fabrication strategies to build up engineered structures where sensing, biosensing, bio-mimesis, separation, catalysis, conversion and delivery properties are interplayed on multiple scale lengths.
  3. Molecular design based on experimental and theoretical studies dedicated to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms, which control responsive behaviour at the interface.
  4. Emerging applications including drug delivery targeting, micro-reactors, wettability amplification, biofouling mitigation, fluid flows on molecular length scale, environment monitoring, clean energy production, ultra-smart textiles, telemedicine and regenerative medicine.
  5. System integration: working sensing systems, microfluidics and labs-on-a-chip.

Dr. Annarosa Gugliuzza
Guest Editor


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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. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • sensing membranes
  • sensors
  • intelligent materials
  • actuators
  • adaptive systems

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