Special Issue "Nanoparticle Functionalization by Polymers: Methods and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Ángel V. Delgado
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Interests: electrical properties of solid/liquid interfaces; nanoparticle synthesis and characterization; dispersed systems—electrokinetics; magnetic fluids; biomedical nanostructure applications; magnetic hyperthermia; drug delivery
Dr. Guillermo Iglesias
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The field of nanoparticle synthesis and characterization is growing rapidly but the findings remain dependent on the available material processing techniques and observations at the nanoscale. Often, “nude” nanoparticles are only applicable after modification of their surface properties. These modifications include:

  • Increased stability;
  • Control of surface charge;
  • Janus or multifunctionalized particles;
  • Rheological properties at the nanoscale—nanotribology;
  • Surface thermodynamics—wettability;
  • Shape control;
  • Biomedical applications—drug transport, targeting, and specific interactions with cells;
  • Design of specific nanosensors.

In the majority of these fields, researchers have identified polymers designed to modify particle characteristics, suiting them, as well as fully polymeric particles, to specific applications.

The proposed Special Issue intends to cover these aspects, placing emphasis on the methods and preparation, their justification and quantification, and the applications of the resulting nanostructures.

Prof. Ángel V. Delgado
Dr. Guillermo Iglesias
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Nanoparticles
  • Functionalization
  • Coating
  • Biocompatibility
  • Drug loading
  • Drug release
  • Polyelectrolyte
  • Coating stability
  • Inhomogeneous coating: Janus particles
  • Temperature and pH responsive polymers

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Nanoparticles Functionalized by Conducting Polymers and Their Electrorheological and Magnetorheological Applications
Polymers 2020, 12(1), 204; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12010204 - 13 Jan 2020
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Conducting polymer-coated nanoparticles used in electrorheological (ER) and magnetorheological (MR) fluids are reviewed along with their fabrication methods, morphologies, thermal properties, sedimentation stabilities, dielectric properties, and ER and MR characteristics under applied electric or magnetic fields. After functionalization of the conducting polymers, the [...] Read more.
Conducting polymer-coated nanoparticles used in electrorheological (ER) and magnetorheological (MR) fluids are reviewed along with their fabrication methods, morphologies, thermal properties, sedimentation stabilities, dielectric properties, and ER and MR characteristics under applied electric or magnetic fields. After functionalization of the conducting polymers, the nanoparticles exhibited properties suitable for use as ER materials, and materials in which magnetic particles are used as a core could also be applied as MR materials. The conducting polymers covered in this study included polyaniline and its derivatives, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), poly(3-octylthiophene), polypyrrole, and poly(diphenylamine). The modified nanoparticles included polystyrene, poly(methyl methacrylate), silica, titanium dioxide, maghemite, magnetite, and nanoclay. This article reviews many core-shell structured conducting polymer-coated nanoparticles used in ER and MR fluids and is expected to contribute to the understanding and development of ER and MR materials. Full article
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