Special Issue "Polymer Composites: Development and Functionality"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Though the history of polymer composites is relatively short, their development has been continuous since the moment bakelite, i.e., asbestos mixed with phenol and formaldehide and hardened by controlled pressure and temperature, considered as the first polymer composite, was patented by Baekeland in 1909. A key of polymer composites’ success is rooted in their versatility, as polymers can be combined as matrices, with hundreds of different options, and other compounds from nanoscale (carbon nanotube, graphene or metal nanowires, etc.) to macro scale (silica, talk, carbon, glass fibers, etc.) give infinitive solutions to create new materials. Likewise, polymer composites’ applications have grown extensively from mainly structural to many different fields, such as biomedical, energy storage, transportation, robotic, defense systems, and information technology, among others, thanks mainly to the multifunctionality that polymer composites may have, depending on the polymer matrix and the specific additives and reinforcements used.
We are presently living a new industrial revolution based on the changes we have experiences in our lifestyles in recent years, increasingly more based on the use of technology devices which require new materials and more energy, causing an intensive natural resource consumption. This process has led to one of the top problems of our generation, environmental protection. Therefore, multifunctional polymer composites must play an important role in the future due to their versatility, such as in the use of new resins and reinforcements, as well as in new processing methods, such as additive manufacturing.
Thus, the topic of this Special Issue is really broad, from the use of new resins such as bio, recyclable, or healable resin, among others, to all kind of additives or reinforcements which provide different multifunctionality to composites. Manufacturing processes are also of interest in this Special Issue, as new or improved technologies are essential in the development and implementation of polymer composites in our evolving style of life.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Dr. Juan Pedro Fernández
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- polymer–matrix composite
- mechanical properties
- electrical properties
- thermal properties
- natural fiber
- structural composite
- energy storage
- smart material
- porous material
- additive manufacturing
- 3D printing