Special Issue "Selected Papers from "ECIS 2017""

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Enrique Lopez-Cabarcos

Affiliation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Department of Physical Chemistry, Madrid, Spain
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Interests: microgels and polymer nanogels; calcium cement for bone regeneration; enzymatic biosensors
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marco Lattuada

Université de Fribourg, Department of Chemistry, Fribourg, Switzerland
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Interests: engineering of anisotropic nanoparticles; control of nanoparticles self-assembly; magnetic nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization; colloidal stability; development of mathematical models in soft-matter physics; hydrodynamic interactions in colloidal suspensions; Monte-Carlo; Brownian Dynamic and Stokesian Dynamics simulations applied to colloids; scattering techniques for particles characterization
Guest Editor
Dr. Wuge Briscoe

University of Bristol, School of Chemistry, Bristol, United Kingdom
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Interests: direct measurement of surface forces mediated by surfactants; polymers and nanofluids; fundamental aspects of biolubrication and nanotoxicity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The annual European Colloid and Interface Society conference is a major event for the colloid science community, and this is the 31st conference in a series of successful meetings, of which the primary goal is to bring together all major disciplines of colloids and interfaces, enabling participants to exchange knowledge, communicate to each other the results of their recent research, and to network with colleagues for new collaborations.

ECIS 2017 will cover fundamental and applied advances in the fields of interfaces, dispersed systems, wetting, complex fluids, micro-and nano-engineered materials, upconversion nanoparticles, ion specific effects, self-assembly of surfactants, polymers and proteins, and advances in theories and instrumentation.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Polymer colloids
  • Microgels and gels
  • Polymers in solution
  • Polymer nanoparticles
  • Polymer gels
  • Self-assembly of polymers
  • Functionalization of surfaces with polymers

Submission window open date: 15 July 2017

Submission deadline: 28 February 2018

Prof. Dr. Enrique Lopez-Cabarcos
Prof. Dr. Marco Lattuada
Dr. Wuge Briscoe
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Polymer colloids
  • microgels and gels
  • polymers in solution
  • polymer nanoparticles
  • polymer gels
  • self-assembly of polymers
  • functionalization of surfaces with polymers

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Facile and Rapid Formation of Giant Vesicles from Glass Beads
Polymers 2018, 10(1), 54; doi:10.3390/polym10010054
Received: 8 December 2017 / Revised: 31 December 2017 / Accepted: 4 January 2018 / Published: 9 January 2018
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Giant vesicles (GVs) are widely-used model systems for biological membranes. The formulation of these vesicles, however, can be problematic and artifacts, such as degraded molecules or left-over oil, may be present in the final liposomes. The rapid formulation of a high number of
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Giant vesicles (GVs) are widely-used model systems for biological membranes. The formulation of these vesicles, however, can be problematic and artifacts, such as degraded molecules or left-over oil, may be present in the final liposomes. The rapid formulation of a high number of artifact-free vesicles of uniform size using standard laboratory equipment is, therefore, highly desirable. Here, the gentle hydration method of glass bead-supported thin lipid films has been enhanced by adding a vortexing step. This led to the formulation of a uniform population of giant vesicles. Batches of glass beads coated with different lipids can be combined to produce vesicles of hybrid lipid compositions. This method represents a stable approach to rapidly generate giant vesicles. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Comparative Study of Poly(Azure A) Film-Modified Disposable Electrodes for Electrocatalytic Oxidation of H2O2: Effect of Doping Anion
Polymers 2018, 10(1), 48; doi:10.3390/polym10010048
Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 23 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 6 January 2018
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In the present paper, poly(azure A) (PAA) films were electrosynthetized in the presence of different doping anions on disposable screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs). The anions used included inorganic monoatomic (chloride and fluoride), inorganic polyatomic (nitrate and sulfate) and organic polyatomic (dodecyl sulfate, DS)
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In the present paper, poly(azure A) (PAA) films were electrosynthetized in the presence of different doping anions on disposable screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs). The anions used included inorganic monoatomic (chloride and fluoride), inorganic polyatomic (nitrate and sulfate) and organic polyatomic (dodecyl sulfate, DS) species. The coated electrodes thus obtained were characterized by electrochemical techniques and SEM. They showed improved electrocatalytic activities towards hydrogen peroxide oxidation compared to that of a bare SPCE. In particular, the insertion of DS anions inside PAA films provided a special sensitivity to the electrocatalysis of H2O2, which endowed these electrodes with promising analytical features for H2O2 quantification. We obtained a wide linear response for H2O2 within a range of 5 µM to 3 mM and a limit of detection of 1.43 ± 0.10 µM (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). Furthermore, sensitivity was 72.4 ± 0.49 nA·µM−1∙cm−2 at a relatively low electrocatalytic oxidation overpotential of 0.5 V vs. Ag. The applicability of this boosted system was tested by the analysis of H2O2 in commercial samples of a hair lightener and an antiseptic and was corroborated by spectrophotometric methods. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Magnetic Nanoparticles Coated with a Thermosensitive Polymer with Hyperthermia Properties
Polymers 2018, 10(1), 10; doi:10.3390/polym10010010
Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 12 December 2017 / Accepted: 19 December 2017 / Published: 22 December 2017
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Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely used to increase the efficacy of chemotherapeutics, largely through passive accumulation provided by the enhanced permeability and retention effect. Their incorporation into biopolymer coatings enables the preparation of magnetic field-responsive, biocompatible nanoparticles that are well dispersed in
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Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely used to increase the efficacy of chemotherapeutics, largely through passive accumulation provided by the enhanced permeability and retention effect. Their incorporation into biopolymer coatings enables the preparation of magnetic field-responsive, biocompatible nanoparticles that are well dispersed in aqueous media. Here we describe a synthetic route to prepare functionalized, stable magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) coated with a temperature-responsive polymer, by means of the hydrothermal method combined with an oil/water (o/w) emulsion process. The effects of both pH and temperature on the electrophoretic mobility and surface charge of these MNPs are investigated. The magnetite/polymer composition of these systems is detected by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and quantified by thermogravimetric analysis. The therapeutic possibilities of the designed nanostructures as effective heating agents for magnetic hyperthermia are demonstrated, and specific absorption rates as high as 150 W/g, with 20 mT magnetic field and 205 kHz frequency, are obtained. This magnetic heating response could provide a promising nanoparticle system for combined diagnostics and cancer therapy. Full article
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