Special Issue "Novel Stimuli-Responsive (co)Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2010)
Dr. Richard Fu
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS UK
Due to their unique “switchable” properties, stimuli-responsive polymers have been attracting considerable attention in chemistry, chemical engineering, environment, textile, and biotechnology. In recent years, significant progresses in the stimuli-responsive polymers have been witnessed and successful applications have already been demonstrated in actuators, sensors, intelligent textiles, bio-separation and drug delivery systems. The stimuli have greatly expanded from traditional thermo-responsive to photo-responsive, chemo-responsive, etc. This is largely driven by the increasing demanding from numerous real applications, in particular in biomedical related ones, such as drug delivery and medical devices in the minimally invasive surgery.
This special issue, entitled “Novel Stimuli-Responsive (co)Polymers”, aims to provide a channel to timely showcase the recent development in material science, processing and technologies, as well as applications within this exciting field. In addition, review papers are welcome to feature the progress in a particular area.
Dr. Richard Fu
Dr. Wei Min Huang
- smart polymers
- shape memory polymers
- piezoelectric polymers