Special Issue "Atomic Force Microscopy in Polymer Science"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. James R. Smith
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Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT, UK
Interests: atomic force microscopy (AFM) of biomaterials and cancer cells; drug delivery systems; synthetic chemistry; polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a powerful technique for imaging and obtaining local surface properties information of surfaces at the nanometre-scale. This is achieved using a small tip, which can be coated or chemically/biologically derivatised, mounted on a cantilever to enable detection of tip-sample interactions. Since the early 1990s, AFM has continued to expand and evolve in terms of new application areas and technique development. The latter approach recently includes combining AFM with spectroscopic techniques, producing, for example, SEM-AFM, 3D tomographic AFM, AFM-ToF-SIMS, AFM-Raman, AFM-Confocal Raman Microscopy, AFM-NanoIR, and AFM-UV systems, among others.

This Special Issue is concerned with the application of AFM, whether using contact mode imaging with silicon nitride probes or more elaborate hybrid techniques with derivatised tips, to examine polymeric materials. We do not wish to limit the scope of polymers investigated, whether natural or synthetic, biological or industrial, but we seek to highlight the application of AFM as a principal technique in the publication. Both original contributions and reviews are welcome.

Dr. James R. Smith
Dr. Dimitrios A. Lamprou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Atomic force microscopy
  • AFM
  • Polymers
  • Biopolymers
  • Adhesion
  • Proteins
  • Coatings
  • Polymer blends
  • Composites
  • Image analysis

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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