Special Issue "Elastomers: From Theory to Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 October 2020).
2. Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik, 01069 Dresden, Hohe Straße 6, Germany
Interests: polymer nanocomposites; friction and adhesion of polymer systems, wear; fracture mechanical characterization and modelling of crack formation and propagation in elastomers; statistical-mechanics of polymer networks, material laws, engineering applications; rubber elasticity and viscoelasticity of filled polymer networks; filler-polymer and filler-filler interactions in elastomers: modelling, testing, engineering applications; tire physics, mechanics and engineering (e.g. traction and braking, road-tire interactions), advanced tire materials compounding and testing
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Special Issue in Polymers: Advanced Testing of Soft Polymer Materials
Interests: theory and modeling of polymer networks; rubber elasticity, cyclic polymers; grafted polymers; polymer melts and solutions; nanostructured networks and gels
This Special Issue focuses on the current state-of-the-art of elastomers, both in modern applications and from a theoretical perspective. The main characteristic of elastomer materials is the high elongation and (entropy) elasticity of these materials, and the ability to swell multiple times in a suitable solvent. The use of filled elastomers, especially of new kinds of elastomer nanocomposites, is of high interest for rubber technologies. Nanostructured adaptable gels allow tailoring of responsive materials or filtering systems. These materials enable widespread applications in engineering fields, ranging from modern tire technologies to medical applications and consumer goods. Elastomers also find utility in a range of biomaterial applications. Bioelastomers are widely available in nature, and have been shown to have specific properties often far superior to their synthetic counterparts. All elastomers share typical features, such as entropy-driven elasticity, the presence of entanglements, and topological constraints of network chain conformations. These features still offer fascinating scientific challenges in synthesis, characterization, and application, as well as for the theory of polymer networks and the modeling of elastomeric solids.
Papers are sought that discuss the latest research in the area or summarize selected areas in the field. The scope of the Special Issue encompasses frontier-of-science contributions in synthesis, characterization, modeling, and the theory of elastomers. Of particular interest are new structures and functionalities incorporated into elastomers, leading to enhanced properties of crosslinked elastomeric materials. Examples include conductive elastomers, mechanically adaptive elastomers, bioelastomers, photosensitive and light-controlled elastomers, elastomers with autonomous self-healing properties, and other novel elastomer-based materials.
Prof. Dr. Gert Heinrich
Dr. Michael Lang
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- elastomer nanocomposites
- conductive elastomers
- light-controllable elastomers
- elastomers with self-healing properties
- smart and adaptive elastomers
- elastomers for future tire technologies
- advanced modeling and simulation of elastomers
- cutting-edge characterization of elastomers
- theory of rubber elasticity
- elastomers with novel network structure
- nanostructured amphiphilic gels