Special Issue "Surface Modification and Functional Coatings for Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2018)
Prof. Dr. Boxin Zhao
University of Waterloo, Department of Chemical Engineering, Waterloo, Canada
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Interests: surface science and bionanomaterials; interfacial materials engineering for advanced manufacturing; biomimicry and biomimetic materials; multifunctional polymers and nanocomposites; biopolymer; hydrogels and healthcare materials; advanced coating and adhesive bonding technology
Surface modification and interfacial phenomena of polymeric materials are critical to many existing applications in manufacturing, biomedical, energy, and healthcare, etc., and the development of new functional materials and devices. For instance, the surface of plastics needs to be activated to improve its surface polarity and surface energy for effective assembly processes, while the surfaces of polymer commodities are typically treated or coated so as to have good waterproof, wear-resistance properties, or have a soft texture. Polymer-based parts and devices in biomedical area are often functionalized with a thin layer of hydrophilic molecular chains to inhibit fouling and reduce drag force. Anti-microbial surfaces are highly desired for healthcare materials to prevent the spreading of infection in clinical settings.
This Special Issue focuses on the current of state-of-art of surface modification and coating development for polymeric materials including synthetic polymers, biopolymer and bio-based polymer, polymer nanocomposite, gels, adhesives. Of particular interests are the recent development of functional surfaces, smart coatings, biomimetic surface modification, and the fundamental exploration of the structure-property relationships for such desired functions as water-repellence, self-cleaning, anti-flogging, anti-reflection, biocompatibility, adhesion, surface hardness, low friction, wear-resistance, conductivity, antistatic.
Prof. Dr. Boxin Zhao
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Polymer surfaces and interface
- Surface functionalization and modification
- Biomimetic surface patterning
- Superhydrophobicity and self-cleaning
- Polymer composites
- Smart coatings
- Functional polymers
- Polymer adhesive and coating