Progress in Shape Memory Polymers

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 99

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Department of Polymer, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China
Interests: preparation; morphology and properties of organic-inorganic hybrid shape memory and self-healing polymer materials; structural design and synthesis; properties and characterization of vitrimer-l

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) possess the remarkable ability to retain temporary shapes and then revert to their original forms when triggered by external stimuli such as heat, pH variations, light, electric, and magnetic fields. The versatile nature of SMPs has led to their extensive utilization across various domains, including sensors, actuators, and biomedical devices, among others. Despite the considerable advancements in SMP research over the past decade, we believe that there remain unexplored and intriguing avenues in this field.

This Special Issue aims to present the state-of-the-art advancements, innovations, and breakthroughs in the realm of Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs). We welcome submissions of original research articles and reviews covering a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  1. Advanced Material Design and Synthesis Techniques for SMPs;
  2. Applications of SMPs in Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace, Robotics, and Beyond;
  3. Sustainable Approaches and Eco-Friendly Alternatives in SMPs Research;
  4. Novel Characterization Methods and Analytical Tools for Studying SMPs Behaviour;
  5. Challenges and Future Directions in the Field of SMPs.

Dr. Bingjie Zhao
Guest Editor

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  • shape memory polymers (SMPs)
  • material design and synthesis
  • applications of SMPs
  • sustainable SMPs
  • novel characterization methods
  • future directions

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