Special Issue "Bioinspired Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2010)
Prof. Dr. Helmut Schlaad
University of Potsdam, Institute of Chemistry, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
Interests: methods of living/controlled ionic polymerization and ring-opening polymerization of heterocycles; polymer modification, "thio-click" chemistry; size-exclusion chromatography; polymer colloids and films, composite materials; bioinspired structure formation of polymers, hierarchical structures, polymer complexes
Nature has developed many sophisticated systems, materials and concepts/mechanisms, the transfer of which to technical applications would be highly desirable. However, for feasibility and economic reasons, biological systems often cannot be applied directly but serve as an inspiration for a technological solution. A typical example is the fabrication of structured surfaces having self-cleaning properties based on the Lotus effect®.
This special issue is intended to highlight any kind of bioinspired/biomimetic use or application of synthetic polymers, for instance for the generation of hierarchical structures, structural and functional materials, stimuli-responsive/“smart” colloids and surfaces, or as additives for biomineralization, etc.
Dr. Helmut Schlaad
- stimuli-responsive materials
- functional materials
- supramolecular structures