Special Issue "Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Multicomponent Polymer Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Clara M Gómez
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University of Valencia
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Interests: conducting polymers; thermoelectricity; polyurethanes; hybrid materials; nanoparticle synthesis; structure–property characterization
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Prof. Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Espí
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University of Valencia
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Interests: multicomponent polymer systems; hybrid materials; conducting polymers; colloidal systems; nanoparticle synthesis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The combination of components with different features to achieve improved properties of the final product is a common strategy in the design of new materials, and also in polymer science. For polymer materials, the preparation of so-called blends, formed by mixtures of polymers, is probably the most straightforward approach to produce multicomponent polymer systems, but not the only one. In addition to polymer blends, the term “multicomponent” can also be related to the incorporation of inorganic materials to form (nano)composites and polymer/inorganic hybrid materials. In all cases—i.e., “conventional” blends, composites, and hybrids—the miscibility of the constituents is the key parameter that determines the presence or absence of phase separation and the overall thermodynamics of the system. However, the structure of the final material is often not only determined by thermodynamics, but also by kinetic aspects of the synthesis and/or processing.
This Special Issue, “Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Multicomponent Polymer Systems”, aims to collect original research papers and critical reviews on recent progress in multicomponent polymer systems, with emphasis on thermodynamics and kinetic aspects. The issue is open to discussions of any type of multicomponent system, including both polymer/polymer and polymer/inorganic materials. We wish to highlight the importance of new approaches in the design of materials. Theoretical and experimental contributions are welcome.

Topics of interest for this issue may include:

  • Thermodynamics of polymer blends/hybrids
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of polymer/inorganic composites and hybrid materials
  • Morphology control in multicomponent polymer systems
  • Modeling of phase behavior
  • Self-assembly in multicomponent polymer systems

We look forward to your contributions,

Prof. Dr. Clara M Gómez
Prof. Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Espí
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Multicomponent
  • Polymer/polymer hybrid
  • Polymer/inorganic hybrid
  • Phase separation
  • Nanocomposite

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Thermodynamic Properties and State Diagram of Gum Ghatti-Based Edible Films: Effects of Glycerol and Nisin
Polymers 2020, 12(2), 449; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12020449 (registering DOI) - 14 Feb 2020
Abstract
In this present study, the thermodynamic and thermal properties of glycerol and nisin-incorporated gum ghatti (GG, Anogeissus latifolia)-based films were determined. The films exhibited type III isotherm behaviors. Moisture content (MC) of films was increased with increasing water activity (aw [...] Read more.
In this present study, the thermodynamic and thermal properties of glycerol and nisin-incorporated gum ghatti (GG, Anogeissus latifolia)-based films were determined. The films exhibited type III isotherm behaviors. Moisture content (MC) of films was increased with increasing water activity (aw) and decreased with higher temperature. The incorporation of glycerol and nisin increased the sorption ability of GG films. The net isosteric heat of adsorption (qst) and differential entropy (Sd) were decreased with increasing MC, showing an exponential negative correlation between them. Spreading pressure (φ) was increased with increasing aw, but decreased with higher temperature. This incorporation of glycerol and nisin increased the qst, Sd and φ of the GG films. The sorption behaviors were enthalpy-driven and non-spontaneous processes. The glass transition temperature (Tg), critical MC and aw of the films were decreased, and increased respectively with the incorporation of glycerol and nisin. This work provides a theoretical basis for the application of edible films in fresh food preservation. Full article
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