State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates (2021,2022)

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

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Dear Colleagues,

Polymer materials are extensively used in many fields such as biomedical (Implantable devices, drug delivery, tissue engineering scaffolds) energy conversion and storage devices (Photovoltaics, OLEDS, batteries, super capacitors), environment and sustainability applications due to their unique and excellent properties. Research and development of novel functional polymeric materials is still crucial in supporting and expanding the growing interest in polymer technology. Researchers in the United Arab Emirates are working together and devoting effort to designing and fabricating innovative products with superior properties. Examples of the contributions of the United Arab Emirates research to the polymer science field can be easily found out in the top journals and conferences throughout the world.

This Special Issue aims to highlight recent advances in polymer science and technology in the United Arab Emirates. Welcome the United Arab Emirates scientists and researchers to submit your article/communication/review to the special issue. Research topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Polymer Structures
  • Polymer Synthesis Process, Modification and Self-assembly
    • Chemical modifications and functionalization of polymers
  • Technological Applications
    • Polymers for energy generation and storage
    • Polymer membranes for separation technology
    • Polymers for optoelectronics- and microelectronics
    • Polymers for biomedical application
  • Physical properties of polymers
  • Polymer Characterization
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Functional Polymers
    • Nanocomposites and hybrid nanomaterials
    • Polymer blends, films, fibers, networks and porous materials
  • Polymer surfaces and interfaces

Prof. Dr. Abdel-Hamid I. Mourad
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Keywords

  • polymer structures
  • polymer synthesis process, modification and self-assembly
  • chemical modifications and functionalization of polymers
  • technological applications
  • polymers for energy generation and storage
  • polymer membranes for separation technology
  • polymers for optoelectronics- and microelectronics
  • polymers for biomedical application
  • physical properties of polymers
  • polymer characterization
  • polymer engineering
  • functional polymers
  • nanocomposites and hybrid nanomaterials
  • polymer blends, films, fibers, networks and porous materials
  • polymer surfaces and interfaces

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Impact of Hybrid Fillers on the Properties of High Density Polyethylene Based Composites
by Basheer A. Alshammari, Asma M. Alenad, Fahad S. Al-Mubaddel, Abdullah G. Alharbi, Abdulaziz Salem Al-shehri, Hanan A. Albalwi, Fehaid M. Alsuabie, Hassan Fouad and Abdel-Hamid I. Mourad
Polymers 2022, 14(16), 3427; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14163427 - 22 Aug 2022
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The main objective of this work is to develop a variety of hybrid high-density polyethylene (HDPE) micro- and nanocomposites and to investigate their thermal, mechanical, and morphological characteristics as a function of number of fillers and their contents percentage. In this study, 21 [...] Read more.
The main objective of this work is to develop a variety of hybrid high-density polyethylene (HDPE) micro- and nanocomposites and to investigate their thermal, mechanical, and morphological characteristics as a function of number of fillers and their contents percentage. In this study, 21 formulations of the composites were prepared using fillers with different sizes including micro fillers such as talc, calcium carbonate (CaCO3), as well as nano-filler (fumed silica (FS)) though the melt blending technique. The morphological, mechanical, and thermal properties of the composite samples were evaluated. The morphological study revealed negligible filler agglomerates, good matrix–filler interfacial bonding in case of combined both CaCO3 and FS into the composites. Sequentially, improvements in tensile, flexural and Izod impact strengths as a function of fillers loading in the HDPE matrix have been reported. The maximum enhancement (%) of tensile, flexural and impact strengths were 127%, 86% and 16.6%, respectively, for composites containing 25% CaCO3 and 1% FS without any inclusion of talc filler; this indicates that the types/nature, size, quantity and dispersion status of fillers are playing a major role in the mechanical properties of the prepared composites more than the number of the used fillers. Full article
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Effect of Au Plasmonic Material on Poly M-Toluidine for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Generation from Sewage Water
by Ahmed Adel A. Abdelazeez, N.M.A. Hadia, Abdel-Hamid I. Mourad, Gehad Abd El-Fatah, Mohamed Shaban, Ashour M. Ahmed, Meshal Alzaid, Nizamudeen Cherupurakal and Mohamed Rabia
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 768; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040768 - 16 Feb 2022
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This study provides H2 gas as a renewable energy source from sewage water splitting reaction using a PMT/Au photocathode. So, this study has a dual benefit for hydrogen generation; at the same time, it removes the contaminations of sewage water. The preparation [...] Read more.
This study provides H2 gas as a renewable energy source from sewage water splitting reaction using a PMT/Au photocathode. So, this study has a dual benefit for hydrogen generation; at the same time, it removes the contaminations of sewage water. The preparation of the PMT is carried out through the polymerization process from an acid medium. Then, the Au sputter was carried out using the sputter device under different times (1 and 2 min) for PMT/Au-1 min and PMT/Au-2min, respectively. The complete analyses confirm the chemical structure, such as XRD, FTIR, HNMR, SEM, and Vis-UV optical analyses. The prepared electrode PMT/Au is used for the hydrogen generation reaction using Na2S2O3 or sewage water as an electrolyte. The PMT crystalline size is 15 nm. The incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE) efficiency increases from 2.3 to 3.6% (at 390 nm), and the number of H2 moles increases from 8.4 to 33.1 mmol h−1 cm−2 for using Na2S2O3 and sewage water as electrolyte, respectively. Moreover, all the thermodynamic parameters, such as activation energy (Ea), enthalpy (ΔH*), and entropy (ΔS*), were calculated; additionally, a simple mechanism is mentioned for the water-splitting reaction. Full article
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Updated Perceptions on Polymer-Based Enhanced Oil Recovery toward High-Temperature High-Salinity Tolerance for Successful Field Applications in Carbonate Reservoirs
by Anas M. Hassan, Emad W. Al-Shalabi and Mohammed A. Ayoub
Polymers 2022, 14(10), 2001; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14102001 - 13 May 2022
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The aging of the existing reservoirs makes the hydrocarbon extraction shift toward newer reserves, and harsh conditioned carbonates, which possess high temperature and high salinity (HTHS). Conventional polymer-flooding fails in these HTHS carbonates, due to precipitation, viscosity loss, and polymer adsorption. Therefore, to [...] Read more.
The aging of the existing reservoirs makes the hydrocarbon extraction shift toward newer reserves, and harsh conditioned carbonates, which possess high temperature and high salinity (HTHS). Conventional polymer-flooding fails in these HTHS carbonates, due to precipitation, viscosity loss, and polymer adsorption. Therefore, to counteract these challenges, novel polymer-based cEOR alternatives employ optimized polymers, polymer–surfactant, and alkali–surfactant–polymer solutions along with hybrid methods, which have shown a potential to target the residual or remaining oils in carbonates. Consequently, we investigate novel polymers, viz., ATBS, Scleroglucan, NVP-based polymers, and hydrophobic associative polymers, along with bio-polymers. These selected polymers have shown low shear sensitivity, low adsorption, and robust thermal/salinity tolerance. Additionally, adding an alkali-surfactant to polymer solution produces a synergy effect of improved mobility control, wettability alteration, and interfacial-tension reduction. Thus, enhancing the displacement and sweep efficiencies. Moreover, low-salinity water can precondition high-salinity reservoirs before polymer flooding (hybrid method), to decrease polymer adsorption and viscosity loss. Thus, this paper is a reference for novel polymers, and their hybrid techniques, to improve polymer-based cEOR field applications under HTHS conditions in carbonates. Additionally, the recommendations can assist in project designs with reasonable costs and minimal environmental impact. The implication of this work will aid in supplementing the oil and gas energy sector growth, making a positive contribution to the Middle Eastern economy. Full article
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