Special Issue "Water-Soluble Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2011)
Prof. Dr. Andrew B. Lowe (Website)
Professor of Polymer Science & Nanochemistry, Nanochemistry Research Institute, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science & Engineering, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, Western Australia 6102, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9266 9281
Fax: +61 8 9266 2300
Interests: RAFT; ROMP; thiol-ene; click chemistry; water-soluble polymers; stimulus responsive polymers
Co)Polymers bearing sufficient hydrophilic functionality allowing for molecular dissolution in aqueous media may be broadly defined as water-soluble polymers. The hydrophilic functional groups may be neutral, anionic, cationic, zwitterionic, or a combination of such groups, and the materials may be homopolymers, block copolymers, statistical copolymers etc with well-defined, or non-well-defined molecular characteristics such as Mn and composition. Such materials may exhibit an impressive range of aqueous solution behaviours including, for example, upper and lower critical solution temperatures, the ability to serve as viscosifying agents above a critical concentration, biocompatibility, the ability to undergo self-directed assembly, and stimuli responsive characteristics that may be manifested in a variety of manners.
Prof. Dr. Andrew B. Lowe
- water-soluble polymers
- stimuli-responsive polymers
- drug delivery,
- green chemistry