Special Issue "Carbon-Based Polymer Composites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Amor M. Abdelkader
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1. Associate Professor of Advanced Materials, Head of Research & Professional Practice, Department of Design and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, C226, Christchurch House, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, UK 2. Visitor Academic, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0FA, UK
Interests: rechargeable batteries; supercapacitors; nanomaterials; energy materials; electrochemical CO2 sequestration
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Prof. Dr. Mohamed Shafick Zoromba
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Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, King Abdulaziz University, Rabigh KSA, Saudi Arabia;Chemistry Departemnt, Faculty of Scienc, Port Said University, Egypt.
Interests: Nanotechnology; Polymer; Solar cells; Thermoelectric polymers; Water treatment; Polymeric membranes; Conducting polymers; Polymer composites
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Helmy Abdel-Aziz
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Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, King Abdulaziz University, Rabigh KSA, Saudi Arabia; Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
Interests: Process intensification; Transport phenomena; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Water treatment; Polymeric membrane; Thermoelectric polymers; Elelctrochemical reactors
Prof. Dr. Numan Salah
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Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: Carbon nanomaterials; Thermoelectric; Conducting polymers.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Carbon nanomaterials are amongst the most investigated and used fillers for polymer nanocomposites. Composites and hybrids based on nanostructured carbon have been used in aerospace applications, water desalination and purification, energy conversion and storage, the automobile industry, medical and electronic devices, and other emerging applications. Several Special Issues on carbon-based polymer composites and their applications have been published. The oldest Special Issue is entitled "Modeling and Characterization of Nanostructured Materials" and was published in 2003 following U.S. President Bill Clinton’s announcement of the United States National Nanotechnology Initiative. However, in light of the rapid development of the field, we feel that the time is right to organize a new Special Issue. We also feel that Polymers is the natural choice for the new Special Issue based on the success of recently published themed issues. This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in research on carbon-based nanocomposites, including (but not limited to) CNT-, graphene-, CNF-, and naturally derived carbon-based nanocomposites. Contributions (both original research articles and comprehensive reviews) will cover the most recent developments in the design, concepts, and properties of nanocomposites and recent advances in their application.

Dr. Amor M. Abdelkader
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Shafick Zoromba
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Helmy Abdel-Aziz
Prof. Dr. Numan Salah
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Keywords

  • carbon nanotubes
  • graphene
  • fabrication
  • characterization
  • environmental application
  • energy application.

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One-Dimensional Nanocomposites Based on Polypyrrole-Carbon Nanotubes and Their Thermoelectric Performance
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020278 - 16 Jan 2021
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Conducting polymers have attracted significant attention due to their easy fabrication, morphology modification, and their electrical properties. Amongst them, polypyrrole (PPy) has attractive thermoelectric (TE) properties. Engineering of this polymer in one-dimensional (1D) nanostructured form is found to enhance its TE performance. This [...] Read more.
Conducting polymers have attracted significant attention due to their easy fabrication, morphology modification, and their electrical properties. Amongst them, polypyrrole (PPy) has attractive thermoelectric (TE) properties. Engineering of this polymer in one-dimensional (1D) nanostructured form is found to enhance its TE performance. This was achieved in the present work by using multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a core template to direct the self-assembly of PPy and also to further enhance its TE performance. The growth of PPy on the sidewalls of MWCNTs was performed in an acidic medium based oxidative in situ polymerization. Various concentrations of MWCNTs within the range 1.1–14.6 wt.% were used to form the MWCNTs/PPy nanocomposites in 1D core-shell structures. The morphology and microstructure results of the produced nanocomposite samples showed that this MWCNTs were successfully coated by thick and thin layers of PPy. At low concentrations of MWCNTs, thick layers of PPy are formed. While at high concentrations thin layers are coated. The formed 1D nanocomposites have enhanced TE performance, particularly those containing higher contents of MWCNTs. The power factor and figure of merit values for the formed 1D nanocomposites recorded around 0.77 µV/mK2 and 1 × 10−3 at room temperature (RT), respectively. This enhancement was attributed to the perfect coating and good interaction between PPy and MWCNT through π–π stacking between the polymer chains and these nanotubes. These results might be useful for developing future TE materials and devices. Full article
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