Special Issue "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in Polymers"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonella Caterina Boccia
Guest Editor
Institute for Chemical Sciences and Technologies-SCITEC “G. Natta”, CNR, Via Corti, 12, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: NMR spectroscopy applied on natural and synthetic polymers; organometallic compounds; synthesis and characterization of homopolymers and copolymers; self-assembly of polymers; modification of natural polymers; aerogel production
Dr. Erika Kozma
Guest Editor
Institute for Chemical Sciences and Technologies-SCITEC “G. Natta”, CNR, Via Corti, 12, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: material design for organic solar cells; OLEDs and sensing applications; nanostructuring through electrospinning and electrodeposition; sustainable chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although polymers of both natural and synthetic origin are widely present in everyday life, the industrial and scientific community are continuously engaged in producing new materials with superior properties. Nowadays, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is widely recognized as a powerful technique for the comprehensive characterization of chemical structures, and has been essential in advancing polymer research.

Depending on the polymer, solution NMR spectroscopy has been applied in a diverse range of studies, including the determination of structure and analysis of the tacticity and stereochemistry of homopolymers, cistrans isomerism in polydienes, and dynamic and diffusion studies for understanding complex aggregation and dissociation process. Furthermore, NMR analysis is unique in being able to determine the composition and sequence distribution of comonomers in copolymers for the analysis of chain defects, chain end groups, and branching polymers. Currently, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy is widely and routinely used in spectral assignments and structural studies for the analysis and characterization of polymers.

This Special Issue has been conceived to highlight outstanding work and to stay updated on the most recent advances in solution NMR spectroscopy for the characterization of synthetic and natural polymers. We invite scientists, worldwide, to contribute with original research articles, reviews, and short communications on the latest progress in the characterization of polymers by NMR spectroscopy, thus contributing to improving the state of knowledge within the scientific and industrial communities in this fascinating area. Contributions on the characterization of synthetic polymers, bio-based polymers, and biomaterials are also of interest.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • NMR characterization of synthetic polymers
  • NMR characterization of natural polymers
  • non-covalent interactions
  • aggregation/disaggregation studies
  • intra- and intermolecular H-bonding

Dr. Antonella Caterina Boccia
Dr. Erika Kozma
Guest Editors

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  • synthetic polymers
  • natural polymers
  • tacticity
  • microstructure
  • chain defects
  • chain end groups
  • branching polymer
  • composition
  • aggregation/dissociation processes
  • comonomer sequences
  • isomerism
  • diffusion

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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