Special Issue "Advances in Polycondensates Solid State Polymerization"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Stamatina N. Vouyiouka
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Polymer Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: solid state polymerization; polyamides; polyesters; biodegradable polymers; bio-based polymers; enzymatic polymerization; encapsulation systems; recycling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solid state polymerization (SSP) is a well-established bulk polymerisation process, used as an extension of the solution/melt technique for PA 66 and PET in industrial scale. SSP technology’s main advantage of simplicity regarding infrastructure requirements renders it a valuable tool to synthesize new polymers directly from monomers (direct SSP) or to tailor properties of low- or medium-molecular-weight prepolymers (post-SSP) for customized application products.

This Special Issue will focus on the recent developments in applying direct SSP on monomers to construct new polymeric repeating units, while in the case of post-SSP processes, authors may choose to emphasize  conventional polycondensates with respect to process rate-controlling steps and mechanisms, prepolymer composition (copolymers, composites, and blends), catalysis, etc., and also new classes of polymers, like vitrimers.

Special attention will be also given to bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers, like PLA, PBS, PEF, where post-SSP can also serve as an approach to “clean” and upgrade these novel grades indicatively through removal of any undesirable impurities, increase of molecular weight, and/or improvement of thermal properties. In the same context of sustainability, SSP-based recycling scenarios have been also reported for polycondensates which suffer from molecular weight degradation during service lifetime or reprocessing and comprise an attractive approach to repair polymeric structures.

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Assoc. Prof. Stamatina N. Vouyiouka
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Solid state polymerization
  • polyamides
  • polyesters
  • copolymers
  • (nano)composites
  • recycling
  • biobased and/or biodegradable polymers
  • catalysts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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