Special Issue "Interpenetrating Polymer Networks"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)
What is the Value of an Interpenetrating Polymer Network?
Interpenetrating polymer networks, IPNs, are a class of polymer blends, where in this case, both polymers are in network form. Depending on their composition, they may serve as impact resistant materials, sound and vibration absorbers, bearers of medicines, and a range of other applications which work better if the material has two phases, which most IPNs have. For example, if one phase is at or near its glass transition temperature, it can absorb significant physical punishment, the sample only heating up. If one of the phases can absorb other materials, while the other phase provides mechanical support, it can transport soluble materials very efficiently. Significant research has been done, and is continuing on using IPNs for biomedical purposes: replacement of parts of blood vessels, for example. In such a case, one phase should be rubbery, while the other phase is somewhat stiffer, providing mechanical support. If the two phases, one rubbery and the other plastic can mix to some extent, very tough, impact resistant materials can be made. If one of the phases is at its glass transition temperature, it can absorb sound and vibration well, especially if the two phases mix to some extent, then the material may absorb sound and vibration over a very broad temperature range. Read on, and see what the current researchers in this field are suggesting...
Prof. Dr. Leslie H. Sperling
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