Special Issue "Structural and Thermal Properties of Polymeric Microspheres"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Structure Analysis and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 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. hab. Małgorzata Maciejewska
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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, synthesis of polymers and copolymers in the form of monolits and microsphres; synthesis of porous materials, chemical modification of polymers; investigation of the internal structure of the porous materials, hierarchical porous polymers, thermal (TG/DS) analysis of synthetic and natural polymers, ATR investigation, swelling studies, adsorption studies of water contaminants, inverse gas chromatography (IGC)
Dr. hab. Marta Grochowicz
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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: Novel synthesis of functional monomers; functional polymer synthesis and characterization; functionalization of polymer surface; thermal properties of polymers; application of polymeric microspheres in separation processes; polymeric drug delivery systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, polymeric materials have become the backbone of the modern industry. In the polymer family, materials with spherical shapes (porous and non-porous beads, microspheres, nanospheres, etc.) hold the prominent position. They are among the most effective materials for their many separation processes.  Microspheres are easy to prepare and handle; they do not possess sharp edges and may be readily used in packed beads for continuous flow operation. They are widely used as stationary phases in different kinds of chromatography, in immobilization technologies, drug delivery systems, nuclear imaging, cell culturing, and as specific sorbents. The application of the microspheres are strongly connected with their structural and thermal properties. Consequently, the detailed investigation of these features is one of the most important challenges.

This Special Issue will focus on synthesis, characterization, modification, and thermal degradation of polymeric microspheres. Reviews, mini-reviews, original articles, and short communications covering the most recent advances in microsphere preparation and the characterization of structural and thermal properties are welcome.

Dr. hab. Beata Podkościelna
Dr. hab. Małgorzata Maciejewska
Dr. hab. Marta Grochowicz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Polymeric microspheres
  • Porous materials
  • Thermal properties
  • Thermogravimetry
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • Structure characterization
  • Chemical modification
  • Chromatography
  • Adsorbents

Published Papers

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