Special Issue "Polymer Colloids"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Hsing-Lin Wang
C-PCS, Chemistry Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
E-Mail: hwang@lanl.gov
Phone: +1 505 667 9944
Fax: +1 505 667 0851
Interests: polymer synthesis (conjugated polymers and fullerenes); processing and applications of conjugated polymers; polymer nanofibers and colloids; polymer/metal composites; polymeric sensors and actuators; polyeletrolyte (supramolecular) self-assembly

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ping Xu
Department of Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, No. 92 West Dazhi St., Nangang Dist., Harbin 150001, China
E-Mail: pxu@hit.edu.cn
Phone: +86 451 8641 3702 (ext.812)
Fax: +86 451 8641 8750

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Functional polymers possess combined physical, chemical and mechanical properties and functionalities taking advantage of their conductive, optical, electronic and biomedical features. Some functional polymers also reveal stimuli responsive properties that are subject to change upon exposure to external stimuli such as temperature, pH, and light. Perturbation of local environment can lead to change in polymer conformation, structure, and aggregated states that render them be used as smart materials. Polymer colloids allow further expansion of applications of functional polymers as they can be easily processed and adopted for conjugation with a variety of biomolecules. Hierarchical self-assemblies comprised of polymer colloids show applications as photonic materials with tunability simply by changing the size of the colloids. Recent studies also suggest that nanoscaled polymer colloids have similar application potentials as semiconducting quantum dots. In recent years, polymer colloids have emerged as one of the most promising materials due to their size and morphology -dependent properties, and the feasibility for chemical modification that allows exploration of emergent phenomena and commercial applications.

In view of the recent developments in polymer colloids, this specific issue solicits papers relating to the synthesis, processing, self-assembly and applications of polymer colloids and hybrid composites. The topical subjects to be addressed include: micro- and nanoemulsion, polymer complexes, polymer composites, smart materials, chemical modifications, bioconjugates, and correlation between colloid structure and functionality.

Dr. Hsing-Lin Wang
Prof. Dr. Ping Xu
Guest Editors


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  • synthesis and characterization
  • polymer colloids and dispersion
  • micro and nanoemulsion
  • responsive polymers
  • polymer-surfactant complexes
  • conjugated polymers
  • hybrid polymer colloids (composites)
  • functionalization of polymer colloids
  • self-assembly of polymer colloids
  • biomedical; electronic and optical application

Published Papers (5 papers)

by ,  and
Polymers 2014, 6(6), 1827-1845; doi:10.3390/polym6061827
Received: 22 May 2014; in revised form: 6 June 2014 / Accepted: 9 June 2014 / Published: 18 June 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Polymers 2014, 6(4), 1164-1177; doi:10.3390/polym6041164
Received: 2 March 2014; in revised form: 1 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 April 2014 / Published: 15 April 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(3), 651-666; doi:10.3390/polym6030651
Received: 23 December 2013; in revised form: 17 February 2014 / Accepted: 27 February 2014 / Published: 6 March 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(2), 300-310; doi:10.3390/polym6020300
Received: 28 November 2013; in revised form: 17 January 2014 / Accepted: 20 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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by , , ,  and
Polymers 2014, 6(1), 105-113; doi:10.3390/polym6010105
Received: 16 December 2013; in revised form: 26 December 2013 / Accepted: 30 December 2013 / Published: 6 January 2014
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Last update: 10 March 2014

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