Smart Polymers and Composites for Multifunctional Structures and Devices

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 404

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
1. Faculty of Economics, Universitas Mercatorum, 00186 Rome, Italy
2. Department of Industrial Engineering, Univesity of Rome Tor Vergata, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: smart polymers and composites; hybrid and nano-composites; smart material processing; surface treatments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, multifunctional systems are largely studied in order to be integrated in structures for advanced avionics, space, sport, automotive, or biomedicine applications. New possibilities also arise from developments in the field of smart polymers and smart polymer composites. This group of materials provides a wide range of functional characteristics such as thermal, electrical, or acoustic insulation, flame retardancy, self-repair, shape memory, energy harvesting, shielding from electromagnetic interference, the detection of mechanical or chemical phenomena, sensing and actuation, and the ability to control contaminations. These functionalities could be combined in multifunctional structures that are able to respond to new requirements and challenges. 
The integration of smart polymers and composites in multifunctional systems reduces the need for multiple devices or additional parts in structures, making mass, cost, and/or maintenance reductions possible. At the same time, these structures increase the fields of application, durability, and safety. 
This Special Issue will focus on the most recent advances in smart polymers and polymer composites for the development of multifunctional structures, from the synthesis, characterization, and integration of smart polymers and composites to the potential applications in multifunctional systems, also including the design, processing, final properties, theoretical approaches, and numerical modeling of these materials and systems. I am pleased to invite authors to submit original papers and reviews on topics including but not limited to: stimuli-responsive polymers and composite processing, the application of smart polymers and composites in multifunctional systems, methods for the evaluation of multifunctional systems, the theory of stimuli-responsive polymers and composite characterization, and substantial advancements in high-end sectors. 

Prof. Dr. Denise Bellisario
Guest Editor

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  • smart materials
  • stimuli-responsive polymers and composites
  • multifunctional structures
  • shape memory
  • self-healing
  • phase-change materials
  • polymer nanocomposites
  • multicomponent polymer systems
  • energy harvesting
  • smart sensing and actuation

Published Papers

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