Hybrid Polymeric Nanomaterials for Energy, Biomedical and Environmental Applications

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

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Interests: biodegradable polymers; bone regeneration; materials chemistry; biomedical engineering

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Dear Colleagues,

Many recently published studies have focused on hybrid materials formed by polymer and inorganic—or organic—systems. This Special Issue focuses on design, synthesis, and application, covering recent developments in natural and synthetic hybrid polymeric nanomaterials, from biomimetic materials inspired by nature to advanced synthetic nanomaterials. The combination of properties in a single hybrid system presents a significant synergy compared to non-hybrid platforms, and it addresses various challenges across interdisciplinary applications. Moreover, it can circumvent the synthesis of new molecules, an expensive process that can take several years.

We invite you to report the latest advances in the field in the form of full papers, communications, and review articles. Potential topics for this Special Issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Synthesis, design, and functionalization of nanoparticles such as silica nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, plasmonic nanoparticles, and carbon dots, as well as 1D nanoparticles such as carbon nanotubes and 2D nanoparticles including graphene, MXene, metal dichalcogenides, and boron nitride—or others—to create hybrid nanomaterials with additional and extraordinary properties.
  • Preparation and characterization of novel and multifunctional hybrid polymeric nanomaterials.
  • Hybrid biopolymeric nanomaterial structures and their use in the biomedical field.
  • Hybrid polymeric/magnetic nanoparticles used in cancer treatments.
  • Hybrid materials based on polymer nanocomposites for environmental applications.
  • Carbon-based hybrid polymer nanocomposites for environmental and energy applications

Dr. Berna Serrano
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  • biopolymeric nanomaterial
  • polymeric/magnetic nanoparticle
  • biomedical applications
  • environmental applications
  • energy applications

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Selective Capturing of the CO2 Emissions Utilizing Ecological (3-Mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane-Coated Porous Organic Polymers in Composite Materials
by Mohammed G. Kotp and Shiao-Wei Kuo
Polymers 2024, 16(13), 1759; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16131759 - 21 Jun 2024
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Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) is still a major obstacle in the fight against climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To address this problem, we employed a simple Friedel–Crafts alkylation to investigate the effectiveness of porous organic polymers (POPs) [...] Read more.
Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) is still a major obstacle in the fight against climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To address this problem, we employed a simple Friedel–Crafts alkylation to investigate the effectiveness of porous organic polymers (POPs) based on triphenylamine (TPA) and trihydroxy aryl terms derived from chloranil (CH), designated as TPA-CH POP. We then treated the TPA-CH POP with (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (3-MPTS), forming a TPA-CH POP-SH nanocomposite to enhance CO2 capture. Utilizing FTIR, solid-state NMR, SEM, TEM, along with XPS techniques, the molecular makeup, morphological characteristics, as well as physical features of TPA-CH POP and the TPA-CH POP-SH nanocomposite were thoroughly explored. Upon scorching to 800 °C, the TPA-CH POP-SH nanocomposite demonstrated more thermal durability over TPA-CH POP, achieving a char yield of up to 71.5 wt.%. The TPA-CH POP-SH nanocomposite displayed a 2.5-times better CO2 capture, as well as a comparable adsorption capacity of 48.07 cm3 g−1 at 273 K. Additionally, we found that the TPA-CH POP-SH nanocomposite exhibited an improved CO2/nitrogen (N2) selectivity versus the original TPA-CH POP. Typical enthalpy changes for CO2 capture were somewhat increased by the 3-MPTS coating, indicating greater binding energies between CO2 molecules and the adsorbent surface. Our outcomes demonstrate that a TPA-CH POP composite coated with MPTS is a viable candidate for effective CO2 capture uses. Our findings encourage the investigation of different functional groups and optimization strategies. Full article
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