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Special Issue "Conductive Polymers: Materials and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Interests: electrochemistry of conducting polymers; hybrid conducting polymer-inorganic nanocomposites for energy systems and environmental applications; electrochemical processing of textile fabrics
Since the breaktrough discovery of polyacetylene, the first conducting polymer, made by Chemistry Nobel Prize laureates Heeger, MacDiarmid and Shirakawa in the 1970s, the interest in these fascinating family of materials has expanded incessantly to become a well-established area of highly dynamic, multidisciplinary research. The electron conductivity of conducting polymers (CPs) can be easily tuned by facile and reversible doping/dedoping to range from insulating to semiconducting to metallic, thus enabling control of unique optical, physical and redox properties. Jointly with low cost and the vast repertory of synthetic organic chemistry or electrochemistry available to produce lightweight and flexible tailored structures, the above properties have made these materials attractive to a broad spectrum of applications with high technological impact, many of them reaching marketplace. Some usual examples are light-emitting devices and solar cells, electrochromic devices, (bio)sensors and actuators, secondary batteries and supercapacitors, artificial muscles or electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and microwave absorbing materials. Additionally, new applications in biomedical science and tissue engineering, in electrochemically-enhanced solid-phase mictroextraction or as adsorbent/ion-exchange materials for environmental issues are emerging as promising growth areas.
This Special Issue is intended to cover the latest advances and developments in the synthesis, characterization, structure-properties relationship and applications of electrically conducting polymers, with particular attention to the role of nanosized shape and the properties of novel CP-inorganic hybrid composite nanostructures. Topics including, but not limiting to, synthesis, characterization and properties study of new conducting polymers from novel functionalized monomer derivatives, development of methods for controlled growth of nanostructures (interfacial, micellar, templated, molecularly imprinted or other structure-directing polymerization), novel hybrid CP composite nanoarchitectures with metal oxide nanoparticles, carbon materials or clays and applications of the above materials in the fields of optoelectronics, energy production and storage, environment, sensing, and so on, are all welcome.
It is my pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue. Original, high-quality research articles and reviews are encouraged for submission.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. César Quijada
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Conducting polymers
- Novel functionalized monomers
- Structure-directing polymerization
- Hybrid conducting-polymer-inorganic nano composites
- Structure, properties and materials characterization
- Functional and smart materials
- Optoelectronic and solar cell devices
- Energy generation and storage
- (Bio)sensing and analysis
- Pollution abatement