Functional Polymeric Materials for Engineering and Environmental Applications

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 2161

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School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
Interests: functional materials for environmental and energy applications; mesoporous materials for gas absorption and organic molecules storage; combined cancer therapy including multi drug delivery and bio-imaging
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School of Chemistry, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Weifang University, Weifang 261061, China
Interests: Industrialization of cyclodextrin; pharmaceutical excipients for hydroxypropyl beta-cyclodextrin and sulfobutyl beta-cyclodextrin

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Dear Colleagues,

Functional polymeric materials comprise a diverse family of novel molecular architectures which include conjugated porous polymers, organic–inorganic hybrid oligomeric/polymeric materials, supramolecular polymers and self-assembled networks, as well as metal-ligated polymers. Thus, the obtained polymeric systems have extensive applications across a wide array of advanced fields such as pollution prevention, battery materials, organic electronics, sensor devices, flexible displays, 3D and 4D printing of polymeric materials, drug delivery, and tissue engineering; they have also demonstrated potential for being integrated into soft robotics. 

This Special Issue invites submissions of papers in the following potential topics (the list is not exhaustive): 

  • Synthesis of polymeric materials;
  • Analysis of polymeric materials;
  • Conceptual and creative design of polymer-based devices;
  • Processing and performance of polymeric materials;
  • Functional polymeric materials. 

Prof. Dr. Huacheng Zhang
Dr. Jian Shen
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • polymer-based materials
  • synthesis, physics, and analysis
  • concept and creative design of polymer-based devices
  • functional polymeric materials

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Cotton Fabric-Reinforced Hydrogels with Excellent Mechanical and Broad-Spectrum Photothermal Antibacterial Properties
by Xiangnan Yuan, Jun Zhang, Jiayin Shi, Wenfu Liu, Andreii S. Kritchenkov, Sandra Van Vlierberghe, Lu Wang, Wanjun Liu and Jing Gao
Polymers 2024, 16(10), 1346; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16101346 - 9 May 2024
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Antibacterial hydrogel wound dressings hold great potential in eliminating bacteria and accelerating the healing process. However, it remains a challenge to fabricate hydrogel wound dressings that simultaneously exhibit excellent mechanical and photothermal antibacterial properties. Here we report the development of polydopamine-functionalized graphene oxide [...] Read more.
Antibacterial hydrogel wound dressings hold great potential in eliminating bacteria and accelerating the healing process. However, it remains a challenge to fabricate hydrogel wound dressings that simultaneously exhibit excellent mechanical and photothermal antibacterial properties. Here we report the development of polydopamine-functionalized graphene oxide (rGO@PDA)/calcium alginate (CA)/Polypyrrole (PPy) cotton fabric-reinforced hydrogels (abbreviated as rGO@PDA/CA/PPy FHs) for tackling bacterial infections. The mechanical properties of hydrogels were greatly enhanced by cotton fabric reinforcement and an interpenetrating structure, while excellent broad-spectrum photothermal antibacterial properties based on the photothermal effect were obtained by incorporating PPy and rGO@PDA. Results indicated that rGO@PDA/CA/PPy FHs exhibited superior tensile strength in both the warp (289 ± 62.1 N) and weft directions (142 ± 23.0 N), similarly to cotton fabric. By incorporating PPy and rGO@PDA, the swelling ratio was significantly decreased from 673.5% to 236.6%, while photothermal conversion performance was significantly enhanced with a temperature elevated to 45.0 °C. Due to the synergistic photothermal properties of rGO@PDA and PPy, rGO@PDA/CA/PPy FHs exhibited excellent bacteria-eliminating efficiency for S. aureus (0.57%) and E. coli (3.58%) after exposure to NIR for 20 min. We believe that the design of fabric-reinforced hydrogels could serve as a guideline for developing hydrogel wound dressings with improved mechanical properties and broad-spectrum photothermal antibacterial properties for infected-wound treatment. Full article
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Polyvinyl Alcohol–Citric Acid: A New Material for Green and Efficient Removal of Cationic Dye Wastewater
by Ye He, Yangyang Zheng, Xia Liu, Chang Liu, Huacheng Zhang and Jie Han
Polymers 2023, 15(22), 4341; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15224341 - 7 Nov 2023
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The citric acid (CA) cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) adsorbent, PVA–CA, was efficiently synthesized and its application to the removal of dyes in water, particularly the cationic dye, methylene blue (MB), was thoroughly investigated. The morphologies and physiochemical characteristics of PVA–CA were fully characterized [...] Read more.
The citric acid (CA) cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) adsorbent, PVA–CA, was efficiently synthesized and its application to the removal of dyes in water, particularly the cationic dye, methylene blue (MB), was thoroughly investigated. The morphologies and physiochemical characteristics of PVA–CA were fully characterized by SEM, FT-IR, XRD, TGA, BET, and XPS. The effects of contact time, adsorbent dosage, MB concentration, solution pH, and temperature on the adsorption performance were compared using controllable methods. The maximum adsorption capacity of PVA–CA was 709.86 mg g−1 and the removal rate remained high through several adsorption–desorption cycles, demonstrating that such a composite absorbent has a good adsorption performance and recoverability. Further analysis by the density functional theory (DFT) showed that van der Waals interactions, electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding interactions between PVA–CA and MB played significant roles in the adsorption mechanism. Full article
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