Special Issue "Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Block Copolymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
Interests: anionic polymerization; block copolymers; complex architectures; polymer membranes; gas separation; liquid separation; polymer morphology; nanostructures; composite materials
Block copolymers are an essential class of polymeric materials due to their characteristic property of microphase segregation. Presently, synthesis of new block copolymers is in greater demand, given the fact that modern synthetic methods, via controlled polymerization methods, lead to materials with significant properties. Modern synthetic ways let for synthesis of block copolymers with simple or complex molecular architecture (e.g., star polymers, dendrimers). Of course, one of the major tasks that every polymer scientist has to fulfill after the synthesis of block copolymers is the verification of successful synthesis, as well as the complete reveal of the clock copolymer properties after thorough characterization, e.g., molecular, morphological characterization, or even characterization to monitor the synthesis process. Additionally in that direction, the development of new characterization methods and combination of different methods, not possible until now, positively influence the development of the block copolymer scientific field. Last, but not least, is the use of the synthesized block copolymers. There is, nowadays, a tremendous increase in applications of block copolymers, e.g., in nanotechnology, membrane science, additive industry, composites, etc.
With this in mind, I would like to invite polymer scientist from all over the world to contribute their world-class, novel, innovative and revolutionary works on any of the topics of this Special Issue of Materials, dealing with the synthesis, characterization and applications of block copolymers. Authors are welcome to submit their latest results in form of original full articles, communications or reviews.
Dr. Prokopios Georgopanos
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- block copolymers
- star block copolymers
- amphiphilic block copolymers
- anionic polymerization
- radical polymerization
- polymerization kinetics
- polymer characterization
- polymer nanotechnology
- polymer membranes
- tailor-made polymers
- in-situ characterization
- polymer morphology
- amphiphilic block copolymers
- polymer nanostructures