Special Issue "Ionic Interfaces in Smart Polymer Materials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sébastien Livi
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Laboratoire Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères-Polymer Materials & Engineering Laboratory, Université de Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5223, Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères, INSA Lyon, F-69621 Villeurbanne, France
Interests: synthesis of ionic liquids; nanomaterials from ionic liquids; polymeric ionic liquids; epoxy thermosets; polymer blends; biopolymers; functionalization of nanoparticles (solvent methods, supercritical carbon dioxide); polymer foaming (ScCO2); polymer composites; polymer nanocomposites
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Dr. Ricardo Keitel Donato
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Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: 2D materials-based polymer composites and blends; ionic interphases in polymer blends and composites; self-assembling nanomaterials; biopolymer-based composites and blends
Dr. Hynek Beneš
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Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: microwave-assisted synthesis of polymers and nanocomposites; ionic liquids; epoxy nanomaterials; bio-based and biodegradable polymers; polyurethane synthesis and degradation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Materials sciences have a major role in meeting the current global challenges such as environmental stewardship; the production, storage, and conversion of energy; and cost-effective transportation, leading the research to design advanced polymer materials that consider both their shelf- and end-of-life. Through the concept “function through structural design”, the development of easy and new production methods is crucial for preparing innovative polymer material solutions and thus ensures a sustainable future. Consequently, in recent years, the polymer materials community has put a great deal of effort into designing innovative polymer materials that are engineered to be multifunctional or task-specific, presenting enhancement in properties such as ionic conductivity, chemical and thermal stability, mechanical performance, fire retardancy, barrier properties, self-healing ability, and shape memory behavior. This can be effectively achieved by altering the interphase behavior of these polymer systems, both via chemical modification or incorporating additives/fillers such as block copolymers, ionomers, organic–inorganic hybrid materials, or inorganic-rich nano-objects. Among these, the application of (poly)ionic liquids, eutectic solvents, and eutectic molecular liquids have presented many new opportunities within the last decade, since small amounts of these compounds can impart dramatic interphase modifications to polymer materials due the production of vast physical interphase bonding, including the formation of ionic bonding. Especially considering their unique set of physico-chemical properties as well as their multitude of chemical structures, they represent a promising new path to designing and creating new multifunctional and task-specific polymeric materials.

Prof. Dr. Sébastien Livi
Dr. Ricardo Keitel Donato
Dr. Hynek Beneš
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Keywords

  • interphase
  • interfacial agents
  • shape memory behavior
  • functional properties
  • (poly)ionic liquids
  • polymer blends
  • nanocomposites

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Effects of Immobilized Ionic Liquid on Properties of Biodegradable Polycaprolactone/LDH Nanocomposites Prepared by In Situ Polymerization and Melt-Blending Techniques
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(5), 969; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10050969 - 18 May 2020
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The high capacity of calcinated layered double hydroxides (LDH) to immobilize various active molecules together with their inherent gas/vapor impermeability make these nanoparticles highly promising to be applied as nanofillers for biodegradable polyester packaging. Herein, trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium decanoate ionic liquid (IL) was immobilized on [...] Read more.
The high capacity of calcinated layered double hydroxides (LDH) to immobilize various active molecules together with their inherent gas/vapor impermeability make these nanoparticles highly promising to be applied as nanofillers for biodegradable polyester packaging. Herein, trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium decanoate ionic liquid (IL) was immobilized on the surface of calcinated LDH. Thus, the synthesized nanoparticles were used for the preparation of polycaprolactone (PCL)/LDH nanocomposites. Two different methods of nanocomposite preparation were used and compared: microwave-assisted in situ ring opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (εCL) and melt-blending. The in situ ROP of εCL in the presence of LDH nanoparticles with the immobilized IL led to homogenous nanofiller dispersion in the PCL matrix promoting formation of large PCL crystallites, which resulted in the improved mechanical, thermal and gas/water vapor barrier properties of the final nanocomposite. The surface-bonded IL thus acted as nanofiller surfactant, compatibilizer, as well as thermal stabilizer of the PCL/LDH nanocomposites. Contrary to that, the melt-blending caused a partial degradation of the immobilized IL and led to the production of PCL nanocomposites with a heterogenous nanofiller dispersion having inferior mechanical and gas/water vapor barrier properties. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: New Redox Active Ionic Polymers and Its Applications in Energy
Authors: Prof. David Mecerreyes
Affiliation: Universidad del Pais Vasco, Leioa, Spain

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