Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360) is an international, open access journal of polymer science. It publishes research papers, communications and review articles. Polymers provides an interdisciplinary forum for publishing papers which advance the fields of (i) polymerization methods, (ii) theory, simulation, and modeling, (iii) understanding of new physical phenomena, (iv) advances in characterization techniques, and (v) harnessing of self-assembly and biological strategies for producing complex multifunctional structures. Scientists are encouraged to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. Therefore, there is no restriction on the length of the papers. The full experimental and computational details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced.
- Polymer Chemistry: synthesis of copolymers, block-polymers, polyesters, elastomer, polyolefins, polyamides, polycarbonates, rubber, thermoplastics, thermosets, methods for polymerization, etc.
- Polymer Analysis and Charaterization: characterization and analysis of polymers, polymeric materials and polymer additives, polymerization mechanism, measurement of molecular weight, size, conformation, structure, properties and behavior of polymers, separation, spectroscopy, and scattering techniques, structure-property-processing relationships.
- Polymer Physics: crystallization, rheology, swelling, phase separation, viscosity and viscoelasticity, entanglements and crosslinking, mechanical properties, dielectric properties, optical properties, thermal properties, the kinetics of degradation and polymerization, polymers subjected to deformation, flow, and other external fields, polymers at interfaces and in confined spaces.
- Polymer Theory and Simulation: numerical simulation for macromolecular systems towards the understanding of underlying physical or physico-chemical mechanisms, modeling of polymer structure and conformation, predictive algorithms of polymerization kinetics and polymerization mechanism, modeling and prediction of the performance of functional polymers, constitutive and multiscale modeling approaches for polymeric systems, kinetic theory of polymers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data-driven modeling of polymers.
- Polymer Processing and Engineering: thermoforming, compression and transfer molding, rotational molding, extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, plastic foam molding.
- Polymer Applications: all kinds of applications (from sensors to actuators, from biomedical engineering to space engineering, and from macro scale down to nano scale) with polymeric materials, proof of concept, structural/system design, performance verification and characterization.
- Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers: polymers of biological origin produced by living organisms, included polysaccharides, proteins, peptides, polyesters, polyamides, etc. polymers from renewable resources and biodegradable polymers
- Polymer Recycling: polymer recycling going from mechanical recycling to chemical recycling and to energy recovery.
- Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites: Design of polymer composites and nanocomposites, fibrer-reinforced polymers, biomedical composites, structural composites, multifunctional composites, biomimetic and eco composites, polymer foams, smart composites, modelling of polymer composites and nanocomposites, self-healing of polymer composites and nanocomposites, life cycle assessment of polymer composites and nanocomposites.
- Green and Sustainable Chemistry in Polymer Science: novel approaches and concepts, both conceptual or applied; monomer syntheses from renewable resources; polymerizations in solvent-free media or in solvents/media that can be recycled; alternatives to environmentally harmful reaction conditions and catalysts; fundamental chemistry for the design and development of ‘green’ polymers; and mechanisms, applications and technologies of ‘green’ bio-derived polymers.
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