Special Issue "Shape-Memory Polymers"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Wei Min Huang
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798 Singapore
Website: http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/home/mwmhuang/
E-Mail: mwmhuang@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: +65 67 904 859
Fax: +65 67 924 062
Interests: shape-memory polymers; shape memory hybrids; shape-memory composites; conductive polymers; polymer nanocomposites

Guest Editor
Dr. H Jerry Qi
School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Website: http://www.me.gatech.edu/faculty/qi
E-Mail: qih@me.gatech.edu
Interests: polymer physics and mechanics; shape memory polymers; light activated polymers; 3D printing

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Haibao Lu
Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080, China
Website: http://homepage.hit.edu.cn/pages/lvhaibao
E-Mail: luhb@hit.edu.cn
Phone: +86 451 8641 2259
Fax: +86 451 8640 2322
Interests: shape-memory polymers; polymer nanocomposites; applied polymer physics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past decades, the shape-memory effect (SME) has inspired unlimited imagination to achieve what conventional design/fabrication approaches may have difficulties in fulfilling. Recent developments in shape-memory polymers (SMPs) have not only unveiled a range of new shape-memory phenomena, but also resulted in a number of technologies to design polymeric materials with tailored performance for activation and/or sensing. The emerging of 4D printing is a timely example in which various SMEs may be utilized to serve as the underlying mechanism driving shape switching in a pre-programmed manner. Recently invented polymers with the reversible SME are expected to realize the hope of “the material being an integrated sensing/actuation system” and thus to have a profound impact.

This special issue aims to report the progress of recent cutting edge research in this rapidly expanding field. Manuscripts (including critical review) about fundamentals and novel applications in both actuators and sensors are welcome.

Dr. Wei Min Huang
Dr. H. Jerry Qi
Prof. Dr. Haibao Lu
Guest Editors


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  • Stimulus-responsive
  • Shape-memory effect
  • Polymeric materials
  • Shape-memory polymers
  • Actuators
  • Sensors
  • 4D printing

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Polymers 2014, 6(4), 1144-1163; doi:10.3390/polym6041144
Received: 8 February 2014; in revised form: 1 April 2014 / Accepted: 2 April 2014 / Published: 11 April 2014
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by  and
Polymers 2014, 6(4), 1008-1025; doi:10.3390/polym6041008
Received: 27 February 2014; in revised form: 13 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 1 April 2014
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Last update: 25 November 2013

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