Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Italy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ignazio Blanco Website E-Mail
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Edificio 10, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
Interests: thermal stability; thermogravimetric analysis; differential scanning calorimetry; nanocomposites; kinetics of degradation; lifetime prediction; POSS; POSS-Based polymers
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Roberto Pantani Website E-Mail
Industrial Engineering Department, University of Salerno, I-84084 Fisciano (Salerno), Italy
Interests: analysis and simulation of injection moulding of thermoplastics; structure development in polymer processing; volume accuracy and stability in polymer processing; processing and degradation of biodegradable polymers
Guest Editor
Dr. Andrea Sorrentino Website E-Mail
Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Previati 1/C, 23900 Lecco, Italy
Interests: process–properties relashionships; morphology and properties of polymeric materials; polymer processing; injection and compression moulding; nanofunctionalized polymer materials for barrier and electrical applications; polymer (bio/photo)-degradation; bionanocomposites materials; thermomechanical properties; biodegradable materials; high performances composite materials; materials for sensing; materials for drug delivery; self-healing materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antonio Pizzi Website E-Mail
LERMAB, Laboratoire d’Etude et de Recherche sur le MAteriau Bois, Université de Lorraine, 27 rue Philippe Seguin, CS60036, 88021 Epinal, France
Interests: polycondensation; resins; adhesives; thermosetting polymers for adhesives; natural polymers for industrial use; fibrous and wood composites; polymeric wood constituents (cellulose, lignin, tannins)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymer Science and Technology in Italy represents a long-lasting and interdisciplinary field in which chemistry, physics, and engineering mix together to produce studies which are considered among the best in the world. Several research groups coming from very different fields often collaborate in the design of the material, of the part, and of the processing technology to obtain innovative products with outstanding, new, and smart properties. Examples of the contributions of Italian research in the field are spread out in the top Journals and Conferences throughout the world.

This Special Issue aims at collecting an overview of Polymer Science and Technology in Italy. Research topics include but are not limited to:

Polymer composites and nanocomposites;
Biodegradable polymers;
Polymers with special properties and smart polymers;
Advanced characterization of polymers;
New and innovative polymer processes;
Modeling of polymer processing;
Polymeric materials in Additive Manufacturing;
Process–properties relationships;
Polymeric parts for special applications.

The only limitation is that the main part of the study has to have been carried out in Italy or by Italian researchers.

We do hope that this Special Issue can portray the state of the Polymeric Research in Italy and give the rest of the world a bright image of what is carried out in the field in our country.

Dr. Roberto Pantani
Dr. Andrea Sorrentino
Dr. Ignazio Blanco
Dr. Antonio Pizzi
Guest Editors

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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 monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Photo-Oxidative and Soil Burial Degradation of Irrigation Tubes Based on Biodegradable Polymer Blends
Polymers 2019, 11(9), 1489; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11091489 - 12 Sep 2019
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: Irrigation tubes based on biodegradable polymers were prepared via an extrusion-drawing process by Irritec and compared to conventional pipes made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). A commercial polylactide/poly (butyleneadipate-co-butyleneterephthalate) (PLA/PBAT) blend (Bio-Flex®) and Mater-Bi® were used. The polymers were characterized from [...] Read more.
: Irrigation tubes based on biodegradable polymers were prepared via an extrusion-drawing process by Irritec and compared to conventional pipes made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). A commercial polylactide/poly (butyleneadipate-co-butyleneterephthalate) (PLA/PBAT) blend (Bio-Flex®) and Mater-Bi® were used. The polymers were characterized from rheological and mechanical points of view. Irrigation pipes were subjected to photoaging with continued exposure to UV radiation up to 22 days. The degradability in the soil of irrigation tube samples was studied. The influence of temperature and UV irradiation on soil burial degradation was investigated. A soil burial degradation test was carried out at 30 °C and 50 °C for up to 70 days. The degree of degradation was evaluated from the weight loss percentage. The degradation rate of irrigation tube samples based on Mater-Bi® was higher at 30 °C and was stimulated after 14 days of UV irradiation. Higher temperatures or UV aging encouraged the disintegration in soil of Bio-Flex®-based irrigation tubes. Furthermore, tube samples, before and after UV and soil burial degradation, were analyzed by Attenuated Total Reflection–Fourier Transform Infra-Red (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. Full article
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Reactions of Soy Flour and Soy Protein by Non-Volatile Aldehydes Generation by Specific Oxidation
Polymers 2019, 11(9), 1478; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11091478 - 10 Sep 2019
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Soy protein isolate (SPI) and insoluble soy flour polymeric carbohydrates have been reacted with sodium periodate for the specific oxidation of vicinal –OH groups to investigate the reactions involved in this approach to soy flour adhesives. The reactions have been shown to generate [...] Read more.
Soy protein isolate (SPI) and insoluble soy flour polymeric carbohydrates have been reacted with sodium periodate for the specific oxidation of vicinal –OH groups to investigate the reactions involved in this approach to soy flour adhesives. The reactions have been shown to generate carbohydrate oligomer fractions presenting one, two or multiple aldehyde groups. With the exception of the small molecular weight heptanedial, the smaller molecular weight aldehydes generated from mono- and disaccharides by the same reaction do not appear to form from the insoluble soy flour carbohydrates, or have already reacted. The reaction of periodate with soy protein isolate has been shown to generate some aldehydes too. When the mix of SPI and soy insoluble carbohydrates is treated with periodate, the majority of the observed aldehyde carrying species appear to be higher molecular weight carbohydrate oligomer fractions. Full article
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Polystyrene Nanocomposites Reinforced with Novel Dumbbell-Shaped Phenyl-POSSs: Synthesis and Thermal Characterization
Polymers 2019, 11(9), 1475; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11091475 - 09 Sep 2019
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Two series of novel dumbbell-shaped polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSSs), fully functionalized with phenyl groups at the corner of the silicon cages, were used to prepare polystyrene (PS) nanocomposites through the method of in situ polymerization. The percentage of the molecular filler reinforcement was [...] Read more.
Two series of novel dumbbell-shaped polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSSs), fully functionalized with phenyl groups at the corner of the silicon cages, were used to prepare polystyrene (PS) nanocomposites through the method of in situ polymerization. The percentage of the molecular filler reinforcement was set as 5% w/w of POSS and was checked by 1H-NMR spectroscopy. The obtained nanocomposites were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thermal and morphological properties were evaluated and compared among the nanocomposites obtained using the two different series of dumbbell-shaped POSSs and with the net PS. The thermal parameters for the prepared nanocomposites were very high when compared with those of neat PS, and they evidenced significant differences when an aliphatic or aromatic bridge was used to link the silicon cages. SEM analysis results allow us to hypothesize a justification for the different resistance to thermal degradation showed by the two series of molecular reinforcement. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

  1. Preparation and Characterization of UV-LED Curable Acrylic Coatings Containing Biochar from Spent Coffee Ground: Effect of the Filler Loading on the Thermal, Rheological and Dynamic-Mechanical Properties
    Giulio Malucelli (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy), et al.

  2. Claudio De Rosa (University of Napoli Federico II, Italy), et al.

  3. Andrea Sorrentino (Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy), et al.

  4. Andrea Pucci (University of Pisa, Italy),
    Esteban Alejandro Araya Hermosilla (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy),
    Virgilio Mattoli (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy),
    et al.

  5. Secondary beta-Relaxation Processes in Linear Polymer Melts: Consequences for the Scaling between Vibrational Dynamics and alpha-Relaxation
    Francesco Puosi, Antonio Tripodo, Simone Capaccioli, Dino Leporini (University of Pisa, Italy).
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