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Best Paper Award

The Polymers Best Paper Award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence. The Evaluation Committee Members choose one review and three research articles of exceptional quality that were published in the journal the year before the previous year and announce them online by the end of June.

The Prize

– One review award: CHF 500;
– Three research article awards: CHF 500, CHF 400, and CHF 300;
– Each winner will also receive a certificate.

Polymers Best Paper Award
Winner announcement: 30 June 2025

Eligibility and Requirements

– All papers published in Polymers in 2023 will be eligible (both regular and Special Issue submissions).

Selection Criteria

– Scientific merit and broad impact;
– Originality of the research objectives and/or the ideas presented;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citations and downloads.

Past Winners


15 pages, 3367 KiB  
Electrospun Polycaprolactone (PCL) Degradation: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study
by Juliana R. Dias, Aureliana Sousa, Ana Augusto, Paulo J. Bártolo and Pedro L. Granja
Polymers 2022, 14(16), 3397; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14163397 - 19 Aug 2022
15 pages, 3036 KiB  
FDM Printability of PLA Based-Materials: The Key Role of the Rheological Behavior
by Rossella Arrigo and Alberto Frache
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1754; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091754 - 26 Apr 2022
24 pages, 2612 KiB  
Enzymatic Degradation of the Most Common Aliphatic Bio-Polyesters and Evaluation of the Mechanisms Involved: An Extended Study
by Antonella Rosato, Angela Romano, Grazia Totaro, Annamaria Celli, Fabio Fava, Giulio Zanaroli and Laura Sisti
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1850; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091850 - 30 Apr 2022
33 pages, 2229 KiB  
A Review of Polymer-Based Materials for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF): Focus on Sustainability and Recycled Materials
by Daniela Fico, Daniela Rizzo, Raffaele Casciaro and Carola Esposito Corcione
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 465; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030465 - 24 Jan 2022

Award Committee

Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker Chairman
Fraunhofer IAP
Prof. Dr. Giulio Malucelli
Politecnico di Torino
Prof. Hyeonseok Yoon
Chonnam National University
Prof. Miguel Angel Lopez-Manchado
Dr. Shin-ichi Yusa
University of Hyogo


15 pages, 4231 KiB  
Multifunctional Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Based Hybrid Porous Materials for CO2 Uptake and Iodine Adsorption
by Mohamed Gamal Mohamed, Mei-Yin Tsai, Chih-Feng Wang, Chih-Feng Huang, Martin Danko, Lizong Dai, Tao Chen and Shiao-Wei Kuo
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020221 - 10 Jan 2021
14 pages, 3882 KiB  
Nanosponge-Based Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Safer Li-O2 Batteries
by Julia Amici, Claudia Torchio, Daniele Versaci, Davide Dessantis, Andrea Marchisio, Fabrizio Caldera, Federico Bella, Carlotta Francia and Silvia Bodoardo
Polymers 2021, 13(10), 1625; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13101625 - 17 May 2021
12 pages, 7348 KiB  
Protective Face Mask Filter Capable of Inactivating SARS-CoV-2, and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis
by Miguel Martí, Alberto Tuñón-Molina, Finn Lillelund Aachmann, Yukiko Muramoto, Takeshi Noda, Kazuo Takayama and Ángel Serrano-Aroca
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 207; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020207 - 8 Jan 2021
20 pages, 2559 KiB  
A Review of Vat Photopolymerization Technology: Materials, Applications, Challenges, and Future Trends of 3D Printing
by Marek Pagac, Jiri Hajnys, Quoc-Phu Ma, Lukas Jancar, Jan Jansa, Petr Stefek and Jakub Mesicek
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 598; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040598 - 17 Feb 2021


13 pages, 4565 KiB  
Core–Shell Eudragit S100 Nanofibers Prepared via Triaxial Electrospinning to Provide a Colon-Targeted Extended Drug Release
by Yanfei Ding, Cheng Dou, Shuyue Chang, Zhengming Xie, Deng-Guang Yu, Yanan Liu and Jun Shao
Polymers 2020, 12(9), 2034; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092034 - 7 Sep 2020
13 pages, 4840 KiB  
The Inhibition Property and Mechanism of a Novel Low Molecular Weight Zwitterionic Copolymer for Improving Wellbore Stability
by Weichao Du, Michal Slaný, Xiangyun Wang, Gang Chen and Jie Zhang
Polymers 2020, 12(3), 708; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12030708 - 23 Mar 2020
12 pages, 3450 KiB  
Solid Polymer Electrolytes with Flexible Framework of SiO2 Nanofibers for Highly Safe Solid Lithium Batteries
by Jin Cui, Zehao Zhou, Mengyang Jia, Xin Chen, Chuan Shi, Ning Zhao and Xiangxin Guo
Polymers 2020, 12(6), 1324; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12061324 - 10 Jun 2020
19 pages, 1145 KiB  
Conducting Polymers in the Design of Biosensors and Biofuel Cells
by Simonas Ramanavicius and Arunas Ramanavicius
Polymers 2021, 13(1), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13010049 - 25 Dec 2020


12 pages, 3019 KiB  
The Relationships between the Working Fluids, Process Characteristics and Products from the Modified Coaxial Electrospinning of Zein
by Menglong Wang, Tao Hai, Zhangbin Feng, Deng-Guang Yu, Yaoyao Yang and SW Annie Bligh
Polymers 2019, 11(8), 1287; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11081287 - 1 Aug 2019
10 pages, 1683 KiB  
Design of Controlled Release System for Paracetamol Based on Modified Lignin
by Mahboubeh Pishnamazi, Hamid Hafizi, Saeed Shirazian, Mario Culebras, Gavin M. Walker and Maurice N. Collins
Polymers 2019, 11(6), 1059; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11061059 - 18 Jun 2019
22 pages, 4117 KiB  
Additive Manufacturing of PLA-Based Composites Using Fused Filament Fabrication: Effect of Graphene Nanoplatelet Reinforcement on Mechanical Properties, Dimensional Accuracy and Texture
by Miguel Ángel Caminero, Jesús Miguel Chacón, Eustaquio García-Plaza, Pedro José Núñez, José María Reverte and Jean Paul Becar
Polymers 2019, 11(5), 799; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11050799 - 4 May 2019
37 pages, 5930 KiB  
Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Manufacturing, Properties, and Applications
by Dipen Kumar Rajak, Durgesh D. Pagar, Pradeep L. Menezes and Emanoil Linul
Polymers 2019, 11(10), 1667; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11101667 - 12 Oct 2019


37 pages, 9874 KiB  
Chitosan and Its Derivatives for Application in Mucoadhesive Drug Delivery Systems
by Twana Mohammed M. Ways, Wing Man Lau and Vitaliy V. Khutoryanskiy
Polymers 2018, 10(3), 267; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10030267 - 5 Mar 2018
11 pages, 2365 KiB  
Strength of PLA Components Fabricated with Fused Deposition Technology Using a Desktop 3D Printer as a Function of Geometrical Parameters of the Process
by Vladimir E. Kuznetsov, Alexey N. Solonin, Oleg D. Urzhumtsev, Richard Schilling and Azamat G. Tavitov
Polymers 2018, 10(3), 313; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10030313 - 13 Mar 2018
16 pages, 7589 KiB  
Effect of Morphological Changes due to Increasing Carbon Nanoparticles Content on the Quasi-Static Mechanical Response of Epoxy Resin
by Hamed Yazdani Nezhad and Vijay Kumar Thakur
Polymers 2018, 10(10), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10101106 - 6 Oct 2018
21 pages, 7211 KiB  
Impact of Nanoclays on the Biodegradation of Poly(Lactic Acid) Nanocomposites
by Edgar Castro-Aguirre, Rafael Auras, Susan Selke, Maria Rubino and Terence Marsh
Polymers 2018, 10(2), 202; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10020202 - 17 Feb 2018


9963 KiB  
Smart Sensor Systems for Wearable Electronic Devices
by Byeong Wan An, Jung Hwal Shin, So-Yun Kim, Joohee Kim, Sangyoon Ji, Jihun Park, Youngjin Lee, Jiuk Jang, Young-Geun Park, Eunjin Cho, Subin Jo and Jang-Ung Park
Polymers 2017, 9(8), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9080303 - 25 Jul 2017
11792 KiB  
Flexible Pressure Sensor Based on PVDF Nanocomposites Containing Reduced Graphene Oxide-Titania Hybrid Nanolayers
by Aisha Al-Saygh, Deepalekshmi Ponnamma, Mariam AlAli AlMaadeed, Poornima Vijayan P, Alamgir Karim and Mohammad K. Hassan
Polymers 2017, 9(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9020033 - 26 Jan 2017
756 KiB  
Direct Synthesis of Branched Carboxylic Acid Functionalized Poly(1-octene) by α-Diimine Palladium Catalysts
by Lihua Guo, Chen Zou, Shengyu Dai and Changle Chen
Polymers 2017, 9(4), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9040122 - 27 Mar 2017
14370 KiB  
Preparation and Characterization of Highly Aligned Carbon Nanotubes/Polyacrylonitrile Composite Nanofibers
by Yanhua Song, Zhaoyang Sun, Lan Xu and Zhongbiao Shao
Polymers 2017, 9(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9010001 - 3 Jan 2017
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