Special Issue "Nontraditional Applications of Polyethylene Glycol and Related Compounds"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Markus M. Hoffmann
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, NY 14420, United States
Interests: green solvents; polyethylene glycol; nonionic surfactants; solvation chemistry (ion-pairing and aggregation phenomena); NMR spectroscopy; dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP); thermophysical properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of the journal Applied Sciences, “Nontraditional Applications of Polyethylene Glycol and Related Compounds”, which aims to provide to the readers a fresh look on how to exploit the unique properties of these compounds for novel applications.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and related compounds such as PEG related surfactants are traditionally used as additives in many products such as paints, cleaning agents and dispersants. This special issue intends to highlight research and development efforts that go beyond these traditional uses of PEG. For example, an increasing body of research has shown that PEG can be an effective solvent for chemical synthesis for both organic and inorganic materials. PEG can also be used as engineering fluids for example as heat transfer media. Moreover, “PEGylation”, which is to chemically attach a PEG moiety to another compound, has become widespread leading to a plethora of novel applications. It is hoped with this special issue to capture these varied efforts on PEG related research and development to facilitate a cross-disciplinary exchange of new ideas. Manuscripts on fundamental research that can help promoting novel applications based on PEG by providing a deeper, molecular level understanding on these are welcome as well.

I thus invite you to submit your research on these topics, in the form of original research papers, mini-reviews, and perspective articles.

Prof. Dr. Markus M. Hoffmann
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • PEG
  • nonionic surfactants
  • green solvents
  • PEG as solvent
  • PEG as engineering fluids
  • PEG as heat transfer medium
  • PEG as reaction medium
  • PEG in chemical engineering
  • PEG in chromatography
  • PEG in separations
  • PEG in deep eutectic solvents
  • nontraditional applications of PEG

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Microwave Assisted Surfactant-Thermal Synthesis of Metal-Organic Framework Materials
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(13), 4563; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10134563 - 30 Jun 2020
Abstract
This research explores the application of surfactants as green solvents for the rapid microwave synthesis of metal-organic framework (MOF) materials. Lead, copper, and iron metal-organic framework materials were synthesized using surfactant-thermal microwave synthesis. The MOF materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, infrared [...] Read more.
This research explores the application of surfactants as green solvents for the rapid microwave synthesis of metal-organic framework (MOF) materials. Lead, copper, and iron metal-organic framework materials were synthesized using surfactant-thermal microwave synthesis. The MOF materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. With the exception of the iron MOF, which was expected to be amorphous, the MOF materials are crystalline, though generally exhibiting smaller crystals than those achieved with traditional solvothermal synthesis. This green synthetic method reduced synthesis time and reduced the use of traditional organic solvents as the reaction media. Full article
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