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Special Issue "Stimuli-responsive Polymer Systems-recent Manufacturing Techniques and Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Akif Kaynak

School of Engineering, Faculty of Science & Technology, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, 3217, Australia
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Interests: Conducting polymers, sensors, mechanics of materials
Guest Editor
Dr. Ali Zolfagharian

Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, 3217, Australia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stimuli-responsive polymer systems can be defined as functional materials that show physical or chemical property changes in response to external stimuli such as temperature, radiation, chemical agents, pH, mechanical stress, and electric and magnetic fields. Recent developments in manufacturing techniques facilitated production of different types of stimuli-responsive polymer systems such as micro and nanoscale structures with potential applications in soft sensors and actuators, smart textiles, soft robots and artificial muscles.

This Special Issue aims to focus on recent significant progress in manufacturing techniques and applications of stimuli-responsive polymer systems and will consider full research papers, communications, and review articles for publication. We would like to bring together a collection of comprehensive reviews from leading experts and up-to-date researches from notable groups in the community.

Suggested topics:

  • Multiple-stimuli responsive polymers; shape memory polymers
  • Elastomers; hydrogels; polyelectrolytes
  • Electroactive polymers and gels; conjugated polymers
  • Manufacturing of stimuli responsive polymer systems; 3D printing; lithography
  • Modelling and control of responsive polymer sensors and actuators
  • Self-folding polymers; origami, auxetic, or voxel structures
  • Batteries, capacitors; electrochemical transistors

Dr. Akif Kaynak
Dr. Ali Zolfagharian
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Responsive polymers
  • actuators
  • sensors
  • 3D printing

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Open AccessArticle The Shape-Memory Effect of Hindered Phenol (AO-80)/Acrylic Rubber (ACM) Composites with Tunable Transition Temperature
Materials 2018, 11(12), 2461; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11122461
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 26 November 2018 / Accepted: 26 November 2018 / Published: 4 December 2018
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Abstract
To broaden the types and scope of use of shape-memory polymers (SMPs), we added the hindered phenol 3,9-bis[1,1-dimethyl-2-{b-(3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxy-5-methylphenyl)propionyloxy}ethyl]-2,4,8,10-tetraoxaspiro-[5,5]-undecane (AO-80), which comprises small organic molecules, to acrylic rubber (ACM) to form a series of AO-80/ACM rubber composites. The structural, thermal, mechanical property, and shape-memory
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To broaden the types and scope of use of shape-memory polymers (SMPs), we added the hindered phenol 3,9-bis[1,1-dimethyl-2-{b-(3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxy-5-methylphenyl)propionyloxy}ethyl]-2,4,8,10-tetraoxaspiro-[5,5]-undecane (AO-80), which comprises small organic molecules, to acrylic rubber (ACM) to form a series of AO-80/ACM rubber composites. The structural, thermal, mechanical property, and shape-memory properties of the AO-80/ACM rubber composites were investigated. We identified the formation of intra-molecular hydrogen bonding between –OH of AO-80 and the carbonyl groups and the ether groups of ACM molecules. The amount of AO-80 used can be adjusted to tailor the transition temperature. AO-80/ACM rubber composites showed excellent shape recovery and fixity. The approach for adjusting the transition temperature of AO-80/ACM rubber composites provides remarkable ideas for the design and preparation of new SMPs. Full article
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