Special Issue "Nordic Polymer Days"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rita Dias
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Trondheim, Norway
Interests: control of DNA condensation using cationic surfactants and polyelectrolytes; adsorption and compaction of macromolecules onto model lipid membranes; nanoparticle–poly-acid interactions; Monte Carlo simulations
Dr. Kristofer Paso
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Trondheim, Norway
Interests: self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers; biopolymer structure, phase transitions, and rheology; polymeric steric/entropic repulsion in colloidal systems; nanocellulose chemistry, alteration, and performance
Dr. Sulalit Bandyopadhyay
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Trondheim, Norway
Interests: hydrogels; controlled release from polymeric systems; polymer synthesis; characterization; polymer nanoparticles; loading and encapsulation of active molecules; drug delivery and biomedical applications; hybrid nanomaterials
Prof. Dr. Bjørn Torger Stokke
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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Trondheim, Norway
Interests: biopolymers; biopolymer mesoscale structure formation (PEC, multilayers, hydrogels, and fibrills); microfluidics assisted soft materials asssembly; hydrogel structure; bioresponsive hydrogels; biosensors; biopolymers at the single molecule level
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is devoted to the papers of communications presented at the Nordic Polymer Days 2019 meeting, Trondheim, 5–7 June, 2019 (https://www.ntnu.edu/npd2019). The main topics are as follows:

  • Scattering for characterization of polymers and polymer materials
  • Polymer microscopy
  • Polymers for biomedical applications
  • Polymer theory and modelling
  • Polymer composites
  • Environmental aspects of polymers
  • Biopolymers
  • Functional polymers

This Special Issue aims at presenting the research work from the Nordic Polymer Days 2019, a prime Nordic conference gathering researchers and professionals to confer around the new advances in polymer science, and facilitate networking opportunities at the intersection of polymer science and technological development.

It is my pleasure to invite all participants of the Nordic Polymer Days 2019 meeting to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Papers from invited lectures, keynote lectures, oral communications, and posters are all welcome.

Assoc. Prof. Rita S. Dias
Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Assoc. Prof. Kristofer Paso
Prof. Bjørn T. Stokke
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Polymers and biopolymers
  • Composites
  • Scattering
  • Microscopy
  • Modelling
  • Biomedical applications
  • Environment

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Time–Temperature–Plasticization Superposition Principle: Predicting Creep of a Plasticized Epoxy
Polymers 2019, 11(11), 1848; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11111848 - 09 Nov 2019
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Long-term creep properties and the effect of water are important for fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials used in offshore applications. Epoxies are often used as a matrix material in such composites. A typical design lifetime of offshore FRP structures is 25 or [...] Read more.
Long-term creep properties and the effect of water are important for fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials used in offshore applications. Epoxies are often used as a matrix material in such composites. A typical design lifetime of offshore FRP structures is 25 or more years in direct contact with water leading to some deterioration of the material properties. Knowing and predicting the extent of the material property deterioration in water is of great interest for designers and users of the offshore FRP structures. It has been established that the time–temperature superposition principle (TTSP) is a useful tool for estimating changes in properties of polymer materials at long times or extreme temperatures. In this work, a time–temperature–plasticization superposition principle (TTPSP) is described and used for predicting the long-term creep behavior of an epoxy compound. The studied epoxy does not degrade chemically via hydrolysis or chain scission but is negatively affected by plasticization with water. The methodology enables prediction of the long-term viscoelastic behavior of amorphous polymers at temperatures below the glass transition (Tg) using short-term creep experimental data. The results also indicate that it is possible to estimate the creep behavior of the plasticized polymer based on the short-term creep data of the respective dry material and the difference between Tg values of dry polymer and plasticized polymer. The methodology is useful for accelerated testing and for predicting the time-dependent mechanical properties of a plasticized polymer below the glass transition temperature. Full article
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