Special Issues

Polymers publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Advances and Innovations in Recycled Polymer Composites submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 21378 | Submission Open
Keywords: recycled polymer composites; synthesis; treatment; handling; mounting; layout and uses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Modeling and Simulations of Smart and Responsive Polymers submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9804 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart polymers; responsive polymers; computer simulation; molecular dynamics; multiscale modeling; self-healing polymers; ionomers; vitrimers; structure-property correlation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Recent Developments in Electrospinning submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6260 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrospinning process design; electrospun materials; nanomaterials; ultrathin materials; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; drug and gene delivery; wound healing; environmental remediation; filtration; enzyme immobilization; catalysis; packaging; cosmetics; non-woven textile
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Damage and Failure Analysis of Polymer-Based Composites
edited by Xiaoquan Cheng, Wenjun Huang and Qian Zhang
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5365 | Submission Open
Keywords: damage analysis; failure analysis; polymers; polymer-based composites; composite structures; fatigue properties; static performance; repair; hybrid composites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Multi-Functional and Multi-Scale Aspects in Polymer Composites
edited by and
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3231 | Submission Open
Keywords: multi-functional composites; multi-scale simulation; elastomers; actuations; strain-sensors; energy harvesters; self-healing materials; stimuli-response behavior; 3D-4D printing; bio-compatibility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Anti-Corrosive Polymer Materials
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2099 | Submission Open
Keywords: coatings; corrosion; anti-corrosive polymer materials; corrosion inhibition; self-healing; smart coatings; corrosion mechanisms; corrosion control and monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Smart and Functional Polymers)
Advanced Materials in 3D Printing Technology II submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 245 | Submission Open
Keywords: 3D printing; polymers; polymer nanocomposites; sustainable materials and recycling; optical materials; conductive and magnetic materials; biocompatible materials; polymeric 3D-printed devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Research on Green Functional Polymer Composites
edited by Wanqing Lei
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 127 | Submission Open
Keywords: functional polymer composites; green polymer composites; structure design of polymer composites; preparation and characterization of polymer composites; mechanism study of polymer composites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Additive Manufacturing of (Bio) Polymeric Materials submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 19083 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; (bio)polymers; (bio)polymer-based composites; material characterization; modeling and simulation; applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Advance in 3D/4D Printing of Polymeric Materials submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 14 articles | Viewed by 16392 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; 3D printing; 4D printing; polymer chemistry; responsive materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
3D Printing Polymer: Processing and Fabrication submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12036 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Advanced Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Composites
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submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11969 | Submission Open
Keywords: stimuli-responsive materials; polymer composites; advanced materials; nanoparticles; biomedical; soft robotics; electronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Smart and Functional Polymers)
Mechanical and Physical Properties of 3D Printed Polymer Materials submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 11881 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; 3D-printed polymers; processing conditions; manufacturing parameters; mechanical properties; modelling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Research and Application of Polymer-Derived Ceramics
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4783 | Submission Open
Keywords: preceramic polymers; polymer-derived ceramics; ceramic matrix composites; pyrolysis; fibers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Green Synthesis of Polymers
edited by Huan Wang
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4407 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomass-based polymer materials; energy storage; chemicals; green synthesis methods; photoelectric materials; biomass valorization; functional polymeric materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Organic Polymer Functional Adsorption Materials
edited by Weifang Ma
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3911 | Submission Open
Keywords: adsorbent; organic polymer; filter; wastewater treatment; gas adsorption; adsorption performance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Polysaccharides and Their Derivatives: Characterization and Application
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3142 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthetic methods; biomaterials; drug delivery; tissue engineering; structural modification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Polymers and Drug Delivery II submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2801 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug delivery; nanoparticles (NPs); PEGylation; amphiphilic polymers; stealth polymers; smart polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Functional Porous Polymers: Synthesis and Application submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2012 | Submission Open
Keywords: porous organic polymers; porous polymers; adsorption; carbon capture; utilization and storage; heavy metal removal; organic pollutants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Recycling of Polymer Materials
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1881 | Submission Open
Keywords: circular economy; energy recovery; chemical recycling; mechanical recycling; feedstock recycling; sustainable materials processing; process modelling; economic analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Study of the Mechanical and Rheological Behavior of Polymer Materials
edited by , and Bin Li
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1750 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer properties; material characterization and processing; applications in engineering; sustainable development; research methods and analysis; biomimetic and tissue engineering; drug delivery systems and packaging materials; electronic and magnetic materials; corrosion resistance and waterproofing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Biobased, Biodegradable, and Functional Polymers in Agriculture and Food Science submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1522 | Submission Open
Keywords: biodegradation; pollution; food packaging; bioproducts; bioplastics; biomaterials; environment sustainability; bioresource technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Advances in Biocompatible and Biodegradable Polymer Materials
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1448 | Submission Open
Keywords: biodegradable polymer; biocompatibility; structure and properties; functional biodegradable polymer; biodegradable composite materials; biohydrogel; biodegradable polymer processing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Crystalline Polymer Materials for Soft Electronics submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 986 | Submission Open
Keywords: semi-crystalline polymers; liquid crystalline polymers; hybrid nanomaterials based on crystalline polymers; soft electronics; ionic; electronic and photonic; experimental and computational approaches
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Ultra-Stretchable Polymers for Flexible Electronics and Energy Storage and Conversion Devices
edited by Beibei Jiang and Xueju "Sophie" Wang
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 870 | Submission Open
Keywords: ultra-stretchable polymer; self-healing polymer; biocompatible polymers; flexible electronics; solid-state Li battery; medical devices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Polymers for Flexible Electronics
edited by Chengfang Liu
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 845 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; flexible electronic devices; flexible organic components; field-effect transistors; light-emitting diodes; solar cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Smart and Functional Polymers)
Polymer Waste Recycling: Thermal, Chemical and Solvent-Based Methods
edited by Fei Long, Zhuo Xu and Shreyas Kolapkar
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 234 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer thermal conversion; polymer chemical conversion; solvent-based recycling; chemical degradation; process optimization and design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Eco-Friendly Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications II
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 13982 | Submission Open
Keywords: e-friendly; synthesis; biodegradability; drug delivery; wound dressing; imaging; hydrogel; catalytic; functional; detection; polymers; polysaccharide; energy storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Sustainability and Circularity for Novel Bioactive and Biobased Solutions: Materials, Polymers, Coatings, and Processing
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 11925 | Submission Open
Keywords: biobased polymers; bioactive function; sustainability; antimicrobial coatings; antimicrobial polymers; antimicrobial cleaning; biofilms; bacteria resistance; sustainable polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Structural Application of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites
edited by , , , Yanlei Wang and
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6547 | Submission Open
Keywords: FRP; polymer concrete; fiber-reinforced concrete; mechanical behavior; durability; FRP retrofitting; composite structure; hybrid structures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
A Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor Jose M. Kenny: Advances in Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites
edited by , and Luigi Torre
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2583 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; composites; nanocomposites; nanoparticles; polymeric blends; processing; recycling; advance materials; smart materials; functional polymers; biodegradable polymers; bio-based polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovation of Polymer Science and Technology)
Smart and Multifunctional Polymer-Based Composites for Internet of Things Applications submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1446 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer composites; piezoelectric; pyroelectric; triboelectric; thermoelectric; conductive polymer composites; smart polymers; sensors; EMI shielding; energy storage.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Application of Polymer Electrolytes
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 471 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; batteries; electrodes; kinetics; low cost; recyclability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Smart and Functional Polymers)
Stimuli-Responsive Polymers: Fabrication and Application
edited by Lingyan Liu
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 209 | Submission Open
Keywords: stimuli responsive; physical or chemical property change; morphology; sensors; drug delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Smart and Functional Polymers)
Polymeric Materials for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 147 | Submission Open
Keywords: biodegradable polymers; biomaterials; functional polymers; drug delivery; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; controlled release; microparticles; nanoparticles; biomimetic scaffolds; polymeric electrospun nanofibers; injectable polymers; photocured polymers; polymeric implants; polymeric ink for 3D printing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Advanced Polymer Materials in Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering Applications
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 128 | Submission Open
Keywords: processing of advanced polymers; structure– property characterizations; hybrid polymer systems; polymer drug delivery systems; tissue engineering; therapeutic polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Development in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 40 articles | Viewed by 90915 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer composites; natural fibers; synthetic fibers; recycled fibers; thermoset polymers; thermoplastic polymers; recycling; renewable recourses; biopolymers; properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Functional Polymer Materials and Advanced Processing Technology
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 25562 | Submission Open
Keywords: multifunctional materials; synthesis; polymer processing; structure; polymer nanocomposites; mechanical properties; thermal properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Advances in Polyurethane and Composites
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 13523 | Submission Open
Keywords: polyurethane foam; polyurethane coating; polyurethane Elastomer; synthesis of polyurethane polymer materials; polyurethane composite; functional polyurethane polymer material
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Networks)
Advances in Polymeric Additive Manufacturing
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 12923 | Submission Open
Keywords: addictive manufacturing; unfilled thermoset polymers; reinforced plastic additive manufacturing; continuous fiber additive manufacturing; deposition strategy; curing conditions; anisotropy; shape design procedures; topology optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Polymer Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering II submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9938 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; synthesis and characterization of polymer for tissue engineering; bioactive polymer scaffolds; functional polymer scaffolds; cell– materials interactions; mechanobiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Design of Polymer Materials and Manufacturing submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 9573 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; machine learning; big data; deep learning; industrial 4.0; design of materials; polymer synthesis and characterization; multiscale testing; additive manufacturing; hybrid manufacturing; cyber manufacturing; materials– process– property relationships
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Mechanical and Advanced Properties of Polymers II submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8076 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; nanocomposites; nanoparticles; mechanical properties; smart properties; shape memory; rheology; mechano-dynamical properties; thermo-mechanical cycles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Polymeric Phase Change Materials
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7459 | Submission Open
Keywords: photothermal phase change materials; fluorescent phase change materials; flame retardant phase change materials; reprocessable phase change materials; thermal conductive phase change materials; semi-interpenetrating phase change materials; interpenetrating phase change materials; form-stable phase change materials; high performance phase change materials; thermoset phase change materials; composite phase change materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymers and the Environment II submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7034 | Submission Open
Keywords: plastics and circular economy; bioplastics; biocomposites; ecofriendly blends; additives and plastics performance; ecofriendly additives; plastic wastes and recycling; plastic wastes valorization routes; life-cycle assessment (LCA); standardization and legal frameworks
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Advanced Research on Lignin and Nanostructured Lignin: Biodegradation, Properties and Applications submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 6044 | Submission Open
Keywords: polyphenols; lignin valorization; lignin biodegradation; lignin fractionations; lignin fine chemicals; lignin nanostructures; lignin advanced applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Novel Synthetic Methodologies for Organosilicon Materials
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4573 | Submission Open
Keywords: organosilicon materials; synthetic methodology; silicone; silicone elastomers; silicone resin; siloxane; polysiloxane; silsesquioxane; silane
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Resin Additives—Spices for Polymers
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4011 | Submission Open
Keywords: resin additive; plastic additive; polymer; polymer alloy; antioxidant; antistatic agent; blowing agent; flame retardant; lubricant; impact modifier; plasticizer; coloring agent; filling material
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Rheological Properties of Polymers and Polymer Composites
edited by and Christos Georgantopoulos
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3736 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Advances in Polymers and Polymer Composites for Construction Applications
edited by and Kequan Yu
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3652 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer cement mortar; polymer-modified concrete; polymer-modified asphalt; polymers and polymer composites; functional materials; cement additive; polymer fibers; high-performance concrete
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
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