Special Issue "Advanced Optical Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. hab. Beata Podkościelna
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Department of Polymer Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Sciences Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, M. Curie-Sklodowska Sq. 3, 20-031, Poland
Interests: Synthesis of new monomers and polymers; chemical modification of synthetic and natural polymers; synthesis of biocomposites; application of ligno-cellulosic materials in polymer chemistry; synthesis of porous polymers in form of microspheres; investigations of the porous structure of polymeric materials; synthesis of novel polymer-based adsorbents for water treatment; photochemistry; physico-chemical, thermal and mechanical studies of polymers; synthesis of polymeric blends; synthesis of hybrid materials
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Dr. Malgorzta Gil-Kowalczyk
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Laboratory of Optical Fibres Technology, Institute of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, M. Curie-Sklodowska Sq. 3, 20-031, Poland
Interests: optical fiber technology; optical fiber sensors; material engineering; polymer analysis; better understanding of the structure of new synthesized materials; chemical modification and characterization of optical polymers; material aging and the impact of this process on the usability of materials; thermal and spectroscopic studies of polymers; hybrid materials–organic and inorganic composites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Optical polymers belong to the group of materials that are widely used in photonic technologies. Therefore, a lot of effort is devoted to the thorough analysis of existing ones and the synthesis of new ones, whose special properties can become competitive for many industries.

Due to the isotropy and homogeneity comparable to that of conventional optical glasses, they are called organic glasses. The most commonly used representatives of this group of compounds are poly(methyl methacrylate), which is characterized by the highest transparency, polystyrene, which has long been used in optical technology, and polycarbonates, which are characterized by the highest thermal resistance. These materials are characterized by great ease of forming, low price, and the ability to produce large components with complex shapes, difficult to process individually. In addition, they have good visible light transmission, low specific weight, considerable flexibility, and high thermal expansion. The optical properties of such materials may include refractive index, polarization, absorption, luminescence (fluorescence), transmittance, etc.

Aiming to highlight this concept, this Special Issue will focus on the monomeric and polymeric materials currently used in optical technologies, photochemistry, and other related techniques, all kinds of advanced polymeric materials characterized by optical properties.

We kindly invite you to submit a manuscript(s) for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Beata Podkościelna
Dr. Malgorzta Gil-Kowalczyk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Optical polymers
  • Photochemistry
  • Luminescence
  • High transparency
  • Refraction index
  • Poly(methyl methacrylate)
  • Optical properties
  • Photonic technologies
  • Organic glasses

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