Special Issue "Phosphorus-Containing Materials and Polymers: How a Central Element of All Living Matter can be Used in the Synthetic World"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Phosphorus is a central element of living matter—phosphate units are the key building component in the backbone of DNA, our genetic information. In phospholipids, phosphate groups are responsible for the stability and assembly of cell membranes. In addition, in synthetic (polymer) chemistry, the phosphate building block has been gaining increasing attention in recent years. In synthetic polymers with phosphorus as a central element in the polymer backbone, polyphosphazenes are probably the most widely known P-containing material as a textbook example for “inorganic polymers” but they have been researched intensively over recent decades. Besides this, polyphosphoesters, a versatile class of hydrolysis-labile polymers as well as adhesives, flame retardants, and other building block or additives have been increasingly utilized in polymer-related applications. Drug delivery requires biocompatible and degradable materials, and P-containing polymers might be an ideal material for fulfilling this need. Not only synthetic polyphosphoesters but also acrylates, styrenics, and other monomeric building blocks have been functionalized with phosphorus-containing groups, to increase adhesion or are used as polyelectrolytes and other functions. Gene delivery might also benefit from cationic phosphonium derivatives as alternatives to amine-based non-viral vectors. In the materials science industry, phosphorus-containing flame retardants have also gained increased interest as alternatives to halogenated analogues that are either phasing out or have already been removed from the market.
This Special Issue is dedicated to materials that use phosphorus as the central functional element of their structure, either in lipids, polymers, catalysts, electrolytes, flame-retardants, ligands–the versatile chemistry of phosphorus opens up very diverse applications.
This Special Issue of “Molecules” will present the versatility of “P” in molecules used in different aspects of Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, and Bioapplications.
I believe that “P”-derivatives will play an important role in new materials, and this Special Issue is devoted to this very special element and its materials.
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frederik Wurm
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