Special Issue "Self-Assembly of Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Prof. Dmitry Volodkin
Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS, UK
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Interests: polymer self-assembly; encapsulation and colntrolled release; microfluidics; hard templating; advanced drug delivery systems; polymer scaffolds; cell-surface engineering; 2D and 3D cell culture, hydrogels; organic inorganic hybrids
Dr. Anna Vikulina
Postdoctoral research fellow, College of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS, United Kingdom
Interests: lipid assembly; lipid chemistry and analysis; liposomes; molecular transport; diffusion phenomenon; controlled release; drug delivery; biomedical applications
Nowadays, polymer self-assembly has become extremely attractive for both biological (drug delivery, tissue engineering, scaffolds) and non-biological (packaging, semiconductors) applications. In nature, a number of key biological processes are driven by polymer self-assembly, for instance protein folding. Impressive morphologies can be assembled from polymers thanks to a diverse range of interactions involved, e.g., electrostatics, hydrophobic, hots-guest interactions, etc. Both 2D and 3D tailor-made assemblies can be designed through modern powerful techniques and approaches such as the layer-by-layer and the Langmuir-Blodgett deposition, hard and soft templating.
This Special Issue highlights contributions (research papers, short communications, review articles) that focus on recent developments in polymer self-assembly for both fundamental understanding the assembly phenomenon and real applications. Particular attention is paid to:
- microfluidic-assisted self-assembly
- design of (bio)polymer based devices and films
- colloidal particles and multilayers
- core-shell structures
- bio-functional self-assembled structures
- hybrid polymer assemblies with lipids and nanoparticles
- polymer mobility and structure of self-assemblies
- mechanism of polymer self-assembly
Contributions related to new technologies and material aspects of polymer assemblies are very welcome.
Prof. Dr. Dmitry Volodkin
Dr. Anna Vikulina
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- Hybrid Materials