Smart and Multifunctional Polymer-Based Composites for Internet of Things Applications

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

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Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 34 Street, 41-819 Zabrze, Poland
Interests: X-ray diffraction; energy harvesting; ferroelectrics; ceramic nanoparticles; polymer matrix composites; carbon–polymer composites; ceramic–polymer composites
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Interests: nanocrystals; nanogenerators; energy harvesting; ferroelectrics; photovoltaic devices
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Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to submit a manuscript for a Special Issue of Polymers (Impact Factor: 5.0, ISSN 2073-4360, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers) entitled “Smart and multifunctional polymer-based composites for Internet of Things applications”.

Because of their low density, design flexibility, ease of processing, and superior property enhancements at low filler loading, smart polymer composites are promising advanced materials for various applications, including energy harvesting, energy storage, sensing applications, protection from electromagnetic interference (EMI), etc. The application of polymer matrix composites as part of piezoelectric (PENG), triboelectric (TENG), and pyroelectric (PyNG) nanogenerators has gained more interest in recent years.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the progress and fundamental aspects of cost-effective synthesis as well as of the functionalization, characterization, properties, processing, and applications of both fillers and smart polymer composites. We aim to present the current state of the art and highlight the wide range of applications. Both original contributions and reviews are welcome.

The key topics of this Special Issue are (but are not limited to):

  • Piezoelectric polymer composites;
  • Pyroelectric polymer composites;
  • Triboelectric polymer composites;
  • Conductive polymer composites;
  • Smart polymers for sensing;
  • EMI shielding polymer composites;
  • Energy storage using polymer composites.

Dr. Marcin Godzierz
Dr. Urszula Szeluga
Dr. Krystian Mistewicz
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Keywords

  • polymer composites
  • piezoelectric
  • pyroelectric
  • triboelectric
  • thermoelectric
  • conductive polymer composites
  • smart polymers
  • sensors
  • EMI shielding
  • energy storage.

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Flexible Piezoresistive Polystyrene Composite Sensors Filled with Hollow 3D Graphitic Shells
by Nataliia Guzenko, Marcin Godzierz, Klaudia Kurtyka, Anna Hercog, Klaudia Nocoń-Szmajda, Anna Gawron, Urszula Szeluga, Barbara Trzebicka, Ruizhi Yang and Mark H. Rümmeli
Polymers 2023, 15(24), 4674; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15244674 - 11 Dec 2023
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The objective of this research was to develop highly effective conductive polymer composite (CPC) materials for flexible piezoresistive sensors, utilizing hollow three-dimensional graphitic shells as a highly conductive particulate component. Polystyrene (PS), a cost-effective and robust polymer widely used in various applications such [...] Read more.
The objective of this research was to develop highly effective conductive polymer composite (CPC) materials for flexible piezoresistive sensors, utilizing hollow three-dimensional graphitic shells as a highly conductive particulate component. Polystyrene (PS), a cost-effective and robust polymer widely used in various applications such as household appliances, electronics, automotive parts, packaging, and thermal insulation materials, was chosen as the polymer matrix. The hollow spherical three-dimensional graphitic shells (GS) were synthesized through chemical vapor deposition (CVD) with magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles serving as a support, which was removed post-synthesis and employed as the conductive filler. Commercial multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were used as a reference one-dimensional graphene material. The main focus of this study was to investigate the impact of the GS on the piezoresistive response of carbon/polymer composite thin films. The distribution and arrangement of GS and CNTs in the polymer matrix were analyzed using techniques such as X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, while the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of the composites were also evaluated. The results revealed that the PS composite films filled with GS exhibited a more pronounced piezoresistive response as compared to the CNT-based composites, despite their lower mechanical and thermal performance. Full article
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