Special Issues

Polymers runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build 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 in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Frontiers in Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite
edited by and Michel Picanço Oliveira
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 239
Keywords: composite polymer materials; natural fiber; synthetic fiber; mechanical properties; fabric; epoxy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Frontiers in Polymers for Solar Cells Applications
edited by Thang Phan Nguyen and
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 876
Keywords: polymer solar cell; donor materials; acceptor materials; photoactive layer; energy barriers; interface engineering; buffer layer; work function; device configuration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymeric Materials for Optoelectronic Devices Applications
edited by , Javier Reguera and Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 256
Keywords: polymer-based materials; synthesis; physics; and analysis; optoelectronic devices; concept and creative design of polymer-based devices; additive manufacturing; design of polymer-based optoelectronic devices; functional polymeric materials; 3D/4D polymeric scaffolds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Biodegradable Polymers for Drug Releasing
edited by , Esmaeel Sharifi and Aziz Maleki
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | Viewed by 260
Keywords: drug delivery; microneedles; biodegradable; microparticle; nanoparticle
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Advances in Plastic Materials Recycling and Reuse
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3222
Keywords: plastic recycling; plastic waste; plastic sorting; waste separation; plastic recyclates; WEEE plastics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Biopolymers Pathway from Biomass to Plastic-Free Living
edited by Uroš Novak, Sanja I. Šešlija and
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6625
Keywords: biopolymers; biomass; active packaging; biodegradability; recycling; green processing; circular economy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Synthetic Biodegradable Polymers submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1962
Keywords: Synthetic polymers; polyesters; biodegradability; circular economy; sustainability; recycling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Polymer Systems
edited by Philip K. Chan
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1818
Keywords: Mathematical modeling; Computer simulation; Polymerization; Polymer processing; Functional polymers; Biopolymers; Micro/nanopolymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Bioactive Materials with Antibacterial Properties
edited by and Shahina Akter
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 2967
Keywords: bioactive materials; antibacterial properties; nanoparticles; anti-biofilm activity; mechanisms of antibacterial activity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Advance and Progress of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers in Reinforcing and Strengthening Concrete Structures
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 1685
Keywords: FRP; concrete; strengthening; debonding; fastenings/anchorages; experimental studies; design methods; numerical models; safety and reliability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Fibers)
Applications of Polymers in Photovoltaic Cells
edited by Zhenghong Dai, Srinivas Yadavalli and Min Chen
submission deadline 19 May 2022 | Viewed by 146
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: Towards More Selective Electrochemical Detection
edited by Rasha Mohamed El Nashar
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 447
Keywords: molecularly imprinted polymers; modified sensors; pharmaceutical compounds; pathogens; heavy metals; pesticides; organic contaminants; point of care
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer Concrete and Composites
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 14 articles | Viewed by 11485
Keywords: Fibre-reinforced polymer composite; Resin-based polymer concrete; Landfill wastes in polymer composites; Finite element modelling; Application of polymer composites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Frontiers in Polymeric Foams submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 716
Keywords: thermoplastic; thermosetting; and elastomeric polymer foams; polymer nanocomposite foams; nano- and micro-cellular foams; uniform; bimodal foams; recyclable foams; biodegradable foams; flame-retardant foams; conductive foams (thermally and electrically); extrusion foams; supercritical carbon dioxide foams
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymers for Biomedical Imaging and Therapy
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3583
Keywords: polymer; nano and micro-particles; drug delivery; imaging; therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Novel Wastewater Treatment Applications Using Polymeric Materials
edited by , Ahmed K. Badawi and
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 4536
Keywords: wastewater treatment; eco-friendly solution; polymeric materials; flocculants; adsorbent; hybrid polymers in water treatment; inorganic semiconductors in water treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer Biointerfaces II submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3945
Keywords: polymer surface; biointerface; polymer– cell interaction; polymer modification; polymer biomaterials; biofilms; biotribology; biochip; nano– bio interfaces; polymer surface interaction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Electrochemical Energy Storage Application
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 300
Keywords: nanomaterials; nanotechnology; thin films; electrochemistry; energy storage; electrode; supercapacitor; lithium ion battery; sodium ion battery; electrolyte
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Microplastics Degradation and Characterization
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 17 articles | Viewed by 24283
Keywords: Microplastics; Polymer degradation; Polymer characterization; Environment; Microplastics detection and identification (in complex matrices); Microplastics quantification; Spectroscopy; Chromatography; Mass spectrometry; Analytical pyrolysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Bio-Based Polymers for Biomedical Applications submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4743
Keywords: Bio-based and biodegradable polymeric composites  ; Polysaccharides  ; Site-specific-drug delivery matrix  ; pH-sensitive polymeric composites  ; Polymers blended oral control drug-delivery systems  ; Polymers blended topical and transdermal formulations  ; Biopolymer synthesized carriers for skin drug delivery  ; Polymers based bioactive compounds encapsulation  ; Polymers blended films and hydrogels for biomedical applications  ; Bio-based polymer characterization.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Optical Properties and Color Stability of Polymers used for Dental Applications
edited by Gaetano Paolone
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1661
Keywords: color stability; staining; optical properties; composites; dental materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Based Composites: Processing, Characterization and Performance
edited by Frederic Lortie, Jannick Duchet-Rumeau and Jean-François Gérard
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 12352
Keywords: thermoset-based composite; thermoplastic-based composite; dissimilar composite; composite processing; reactive processing; fiber sizing; polymer– fiber interphase
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Functional Polymer Gels for Advanced Applications in Biomedicine, Energy and Optoelectronics
edited by Rebeca Hernandez Velasco and Miryam Criado-Gonzalez
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6651
Keywords: functional gels; polymers; biomedicine; energy; optoelectronics; microgels; nanogels
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer Composites for Water Treatment and Desalination
edited by Mohamd Bassyouni, and
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5216
Keywords: membrane technology; adsorption; nanotechnology; separation processes; water desalination; water and wastewater treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Functional Adsorbents
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 6688
Keywords: biomacromolecules; biomass valorization; biopolymers-based adsorbents; hybrid composites; adsorption; organic pollutants; inorganic pollutants; water treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Resin-Based Polymer Materials and Related Applications
edited by and Hong Fan
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 273
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
High-Performance 3D Printing Polymers submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 170
Keywords: 3D printing; high performance polymers; thermoplastic elastomer; thermoplastic polyurethane; silicone; polyetheretherketone; thermosetting composites; thermal cure cyanate ester; mechanical properties; electrical properties; fused deposition modeling; PEEK composite
(This special issue belongs to the Section Smart and Functional Polymers)
Carbon-Based Functional Polymers: Design, Properties and Applications
edited by Shengyu Dai
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 734
Keywords: polymer synthesis; polymer characterizations; polymer functionalization; polymer applications; polyolefin materials; functional polyolefin materials; biomass polymer materials; biodegradable polymer materials; free radical polymerization; coordination polymerization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Coordination Polymers: Properties and Applications
edited by Chen-I Yang
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6660
Keywords: synthesis and characterization of coordination polymers; structural topologies of coordination polymers; magnetism; host– guest chemistry; ion exchange; fluorescence; catalysis; structure– property relationships of coordination polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Next-Generation Advanced Polymeric Nanosystems submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 725
Keywords: optoelectronics; nanocomposites; computational/theoretical study of polymers/polymer nanocomposites from an applications point of view; surface alterations to improve the optoelectronic performance; biomedical applications; flexible polymers/polymer nanocomposites for optoelectronics/sensors; functionalization of polymers/polymer nanocomposites for the enhancement of key nonlinear optical properties; development of new/modified techniques for the fabrication of polymers/polymer nanocomposites; supercapacitors; solar cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Conjugated Polymers as Thermoelectric Materials
edited by Chengjun Pan
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1011
Keywords: thermoelectric; material; device; fabrication; calculation; micro- and nanotechnology; miniature device assembly; flexible/wearable thermoelectric generators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Advanced Polymeric Films
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 19 articles | Viewed by 14649
Keywords: polymeric films; photocurable; self-healing; copolymer; nanocomposite; conducting polymer; piezoelectric; biodegradable; biomimetic; advanced membranes; multilayers; surface modification; electro-optical; processing technology; structured and functional surfaces; stimuli-responsive; antimicrobial; shape-memory; smart materials; packing film; morphology; coatings; superhydrophobicity; self-cleaning; biocompatible; patterning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Advances in Polymeric Biomaterials: Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6348
Keywords: biomaterials; biopolymers; functional biomaterials; conductive biomaterials; drug/gene delivery; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; microparticles; nanoparticles; nanomedicine; biomimetic scaffolds; extracellular matrix (ECM); injectable polymers and hydrogels; hydrogels; polymeric implants; bio-adhesives; 3D bioprinting; 4D bioprinting; bio-inks; additive manufacturing; electrospinning; electrospraying; microfluidics; personalized medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
The Design and Application of Functional Polyolefins
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | Viewed by 356
Keywords: Functionaliezed polyethylene; reactive melt extrusion; coordination copolymerization; polar comonomer; ethene copolymerization; reversible deactivation radical polymerization; organometal mediated radical polymerization; block and grafted copolymers; blend compatibilizers; nanoparticles; nanocarriers; nanoreactors; stimuli-responsive polymers; complex polyolefin characterization; hyphenated analytical methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Advanced Polymer Materials From Natural Resources
edited by , and María Dolores Torres
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3224
Keywords: antioxidant activity; antitumoral activity; biological properties; biopolymers; mechanical features; marine and agricultural sources; 3D printing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Status and Progress of Soluble Polymers
edited by and Ricardo Ivan Jeldres
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 472
Keywords: linear and branched structure; polysaccharide and organic polymers; simulation (molecular; ab initio; and coarse grained); pH-responsive polymers; ndustrial application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Photopolymer Materials for Optical Applications submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3915
Keywords: Photopolymers; Holographic optical elements; Low-toxicity materials; Holographic sensors; Nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Biobased Polymers and Sustainability
edited by Maider Iturrondobeitia
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 531
Keywords: biobased polymers; sustainability; life cycle assessment; biocomposites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Polymer-Based Functional Nanomaterials: Preparation, Property and Performance
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1327
Keywords: synthesis; surface modification and functionalization; characterization of physical and structural properties; fabrication of nanocomposites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Advances in Polymer-Based Materials for Energy Applications
edited by and Ming-Tsung Lee
submission deadline 22 May 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1354
Keywords: polymer electrolyte; polymer binders; separators; ion-exchange membranes; conducting polymers; polymer-based organic electrodes; lithium-ion batteries; supercapacitors; fuel cells; solar cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Metal-Nanoparticle and Nanocomposite
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 408
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
MOF Containing Materials for Environmental Applications
edited by and Hanan Basioni Ahmed
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 144
Keywords: Metal Organic Framework (MOF); environmental application; organic-inorganic; hybrid composites; adsorption performance; porous functional materials; sustainable catalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Aging Behavior and Durability of Polymer Materials
edited by , and Abhijit Majumdar
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1249
Keywords: polymer aging; durability; properties; weathering; tests; protocols
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Polymers and Biopolymers for Tissue Engineering
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 577
Keywords: polymers for 3D bioprinting; hydrogels; polymer and biopolymer surfaces; smart biomaterials in tissue engineering; nonwovens for tissue engineering; surface modification of biopolymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Current Novelty of Polymer Based-Composites Used for Dental Applications submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1122
Keywords: biopolymer; biocomposite; restorative dentistry; regenerative therapy; tissue regeneration; adhesive; drug delivery; biomedical application; in vitro testing; clinical trial; oral oncology; oral health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Microfluidics as a Platform to Manufacture, Manipulate and Test Polymeric Entities submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 263
Keywords: Fibers; Polymeric microparticles; Polymeric microcapsules; Viscoelastic droplets; Viscoelastic jets; Microrheology; Polymeric flows
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Advanced Polymers and Their Composites for Energy Storage submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 121
Keywords: polymer composites; batteries; supercapacitors; solar cell; ion-exchange membranes; quasi-solid-state devices; energy storage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Carbon Fiber Composites:Processing, Structure and Properties
edited by Tao Wang
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 463
Keywords: carbon fibers; mechanical properties; microstructures; fiber conversion processes; carbon reinforcements; carbon fiber matrix; molding process; synthetic processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Fibers)
Characterizations, Properties, and Applications of Polymers with Graphene
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4165
Keywords: Graphene; Polymers; Fatigue; Wear; Sensors; Coatings; Composites; Structures; Lightweight structures; Smart materials; Nanocoatings; Efficiency; Friction; Heat transfer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Functional Hydrogel with Excellent Mechanical Properties
edited by
submission deadline 25 May 2022 | Viewed by 291
Keywords: polymer; hydrogel; tough; stretchable; self-healing; smart materials; sensors; electronic skin; artificial muscle
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
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