Special Issue "Multifunctional Polymer-Based Nanocomposites"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2016)
Prof. Dr. Mikael S. Hedenqvist
Polymeric Materials, Fibre and Polymer Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: polymer-based nanocomposites; biocomposites; transport properties; biobased-polymers; foams; protein plastics; degradation and stability of polymers; packaging materials; modeling/simulation of polymers.
As can be seen from the number of publications and patents, the importance of nanocomposites has continuously increased since late 1980s. Within the field of nanocomposites, the area of most intense research and development, by far, is the one where polymers are used as matrices.
Nanocomposites have been developed to improve a number of properties of the matrix polymer, including thermal stability and strength. Nanocomposites have also been developed to add additional properties/features to the matrix polymer, including magnetic features.
A broad range of polymers, ranging from glassy thermosets to elastomers, have been considered together with nanoadditives, including clays and graphene (sheets), carbon nanotubes and cellulose nanofibers (elongated fillers), metal oxides (particulate fillers).
The range in target areas and applications for nanocomposites developed to date is very broad, including membranes (air/water treatment), construction (cements), catalysis, cosmetics, propellants, enzymes, detergents, dyes, fertilizers, packaging, batteries, food/feed, sensors, capacitors, solar cells, pipes/tubes, tires, nonwovens and paints.
In this Special Issue, the focus is on polymer-based nanocomposites which possess multifunctionality. The multifunctionality can be obtained from the additives themself or when the matrix polymer and the additives are combined. We welcome papers (original research or reviews) from all disciplines where polymer-based nanocomposites are of interest.
Prof. Mikael S. Hedenqvist
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