Special Issue "Advances in Polymer Brushes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. William J. Brittain
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Website: http://brittain.wp.txstate.edu/
E-Mail: wb20@txstate.edu
Phone: +1 512 245 8806
Fax: +1 512 245 2374
Interests: surface-immobilized polymers and reactive groups; photoisomerization; organic-inorganic hybrids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is generally recognized that a polymer brush corresponds to an array of macromolecular chains attached to a surface and in sufficient proximity so that the unperturbed solution dimensions (in a good solvent) of the chains are altered. Furthermore, this close proximity causes overlap of adjacent chains and thus significantly alters the conformational dimensions of individual polymer chains. Examples of distinctly different properties include (1) interfacial localization of terminal groups; (2) diffusion control; (3) regulation of steric repulsive forces; (4) control of phase-segregation in response to external stimuli; (5) wetting control; (6) control of protein and cell adsorption; (7) adsorption of molecules; (8) lubrication; and (9) flocculation control.

Polymer brushes were first described in the 1950s. In the last 1–2 decades, there has been a dramatic increase in publications and most macromolecular and/or surface journals now routinely contain articles on polymer brushes. The purpose of this issue is to assess the current state of field, define scope, application and future directions.

Prof. Dr. William J. Brittain
Guest Editor

Submission

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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 refereed through a 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 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs).


Keywords

  • polymer brushes
  • surface reactions
  • living radical polymerization
  • smart surfaces

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Polymers 2014, 6(8), 2166-2185; doi:10.3390/polym6082166
Received: 16 May 2014; in revised form: 25 June 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
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Last update: 29 September 2014

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