Special Issue "Polymer Nanogels and Microgels"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2011)
Prof. Dr. Andrij Pich
DWI an der RWTH Aachen e.V., Functional and Interactive Polymers, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstr. 8, 52056 Aachen, Germany
Interests: synthesis of multifunctional polymers; synthesis of polymer colloids; stimuli-responsive particles; composite and hybrid colloids; self-assembly of colloids at interfaces; particle-based functional materials
Water-born polymer colloids have been for a long time in focus of academic and industrial research. In our days polymer colloids form an important division of industrially relevant polymers in coatings and paper industries. Polymer colloids are still intensively explored for new challenging applications in microelectronic, biotechnology and medicine.
This special issue will be dedicated to aqueous nanogels and microgels which are 3D colloidal polymer networks with tuneable properties and enormous application potential. The term microgels has been mentioned in the literature already in the 1930 by Hermann Staudinger and mainly discussed for rubber gel particles. The recent developments indicate that the majority of the currently investigated microgel systems are synthesised and operating in aqueous phase.
The major purpose of this special issue is to give an overview over recent advances made in the fields of synthesis, characterisation and application of aqueous nano- and microgels. This special issue will give examples of chemical design of microgel particles from molecular building blocks, their modification and functionalization and finally application in different systems as catalyst supports, delivery vehicles, adhesives, flocculants, sequesterants and sensors.
Prof. Dr. Andrij Pich
- Advances in Synthesis of Aqueous Colloidal Gels
- Precipitation Polymerisation
- Polymerisation / Polyaddidion in Emulsions
- Crosslinking of Polymers
- New Particle Architectures
- Core-Shell Systems
- Asymmetrical Colloids
- Hybrid/Composite Colloids
- Self-Assembly of Colloidal Gels into Functional Materials
- Arrays and Thin Films
- Applications of Colloidal Gels