Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Polymer Physics and Theory—2nd Edition

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2024 | Viewed by 1465

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Interests: photochemistry and radiochemistry of organic materials; polymerization/crosslinking processes; static and dynamical properties of polymers (blends, networks,...); polymer/liquid crystal systems; recycling of materials from WEEE
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Interests: polymer crystallization; polymorphism; crystallization and melting of polyethylenes and polypropylenes; morphological and structural studies in polyolefins; blends of polyolefins
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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce this Collection titled "Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Polymer Physics and Theory—2nd Edition", which will be a collection of papers invited for publication by the Editorial Board Members.

This Special Issue is designed to publish high-quality reviews or article papers dealing with the different issues covered by the journal. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The development of multiscale modeling methodologies, constitutive equations, and new theories;
  • The implementation of efficient algorithms and machine learning schemes for structure–property relationship quantification;
  • Experimental studies for the preparation and characterization of new polymeric materials, including instrumentation and the development of new measuring devices;
  • Developments in view of potential applications in batteries, memory devices, and solar energy;
  • Sustainability challenges: polymer materials designed for waste management (bio-based, linear, and crosslinked).

Prof. Dr. Fahmi Zaïri
Prof. Dr. Matthias Ballauff
Dr. Ulrich Maschke
Prof. Dr. Rufina G. Alamo
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Keywords

  • mechanics of polymers
  • damage mechanics
  • physics of colloids and macromolecules
  • static and dynamical properties of polymers
  • polymer/liquid crystal systems
  • polymer crystallization
  • morphological and structural studies in polyolefin

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Mechanism Analysis and Potential Applications of Atomic Oxygen Erosion Protection for Kapton-Type Polyimide Based on Molecular Dynamics Simulations
by Shengrui Zhou, Li Zhang, Liang Zou, Bilal Iqbal Ayubi and Yiwei Wang
Polymers 2024, 16(12), 1687; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16121687 - 13 Jun 2024
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Polyimide (PI) is widely used in aerospace applications due to its excellent properties. However, the high concentration of atomic oxygen (AO) in low-earth orbit (LEO) significantly degrades its performance. This study employs reactive molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to analyze the AO erosion resistance [...] Read more.
Polyimide (PI) is widely used in aerospace applications due to its excellent properties. However, the high concentration of atomic oxygen (AO) in low-earth orbit (LEO) significantly degrades its performance. This study employs reactive molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to analyze the AO erosion resistance of fluorinated polyimide (FPI) and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) composite polyimide models. The 35 ps simulation results indicate that the PI/POSS composite exhibits the best protective performance. The protection mechanism involves the formation of an SiO2 carbonized layer that prevents the transmission of AO and heat to the polyimide matrix, resulting in a normalized mass of 84.1% after erosion. The FPI model shows the second-best protective effect, where the introduction of -CF3 groups enhances the thermal stability of the polyimide matrix, resulting in a normalized mass of 80.7% after erosion. This study explores the protective effects and mechanisms of different polyimide protection methods at the molecular level, providing new insights for the design of AO erosion protection systems. Full article
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Effect of Plasticization/Annealing on Thermal, Dynamic Mechanical, and Rheological Properties of Poly(Lactic Acid)
by Lina Benkraled, Assia Zennaki, Latifa Zair, Khadidja Arabeche, Abdelkader Berrayah, Ana Barrera, Zohra Bouberka and Ulrich Maschke
Polymers 2024, 16(7), 974; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16070974 - 3 Apr 2024
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This study investigates the use of low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a plasticizer for poly(lactic acid) (PLA). PLA/PEG blend films were prepared using the solvent casting method with varying mixing ratios. The films were analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic [...] Read more.
This study investigates the use of low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a plasticizer for poly(lactic acid) (PLA). PLA/PEG blend films were prepared using the solvent casting method with varying mixing ratios. The films were analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and dynamic rheological analysis. The results indicate that the addition of PEG as a plasticizer affects the thermal and mechanical properties of the PLA/PEG blend films. The study found that the glass transition and cold crystallization temperatures decreased with increasing PEG content up to 20 wt%, while the crystallinity and crystallization rate increased. The blends with up to 20 wt% PEG were miscible, but phase separation occurred when the plasticizer content was increased to 30 wt%. Subsequently, amorphous samples of neat PLA and PLA plasticized with 10 wt% of PEG underwent annealing at various temperatures (Ta = 80–120 °C) for durations ta of 1 and 24 h. The samples were then analyzed using DSC and DMA. The addition of PEG to PLA altered the content of α′ and α crystalline forms compared to neat PLA at a given (Ta; ta) and favored the formation of a mixture of α′ and α crystals. The crystallinity achieved upon annealing increased with increasing Ta or ta and with the incorporation of PEG. Full article
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