Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Portugal (2020,2021)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fernão D. Magalhães
Guest Editor
LEPABE, Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
Interests: synthetic and natural adhesives; lignocellulosic composites; high-performance industrial coatings; graphene-based biomaterials
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Prof. Dr. Geoffrey R. Mitchell
Guest Editor
Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Institute Polytechnic of Leiria, Rua de Portugal, Marinha Grande, 2430-028, Portugal
Interests: materials; especially molecular materials; smart and functional materials; the use of neutron and x-ray scattering coupled to computational modelling; new technologies for additive manufacturing including 3D/4D printing; programmable moulds; biopolymers and sustainability; mitigating climate change; biomedical engineering; manufacturing/bio-manufacturing; tissue engineering
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Dr. Marta Otero
Guest Editor
CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) & Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: pollution and contamination of water, soil, and sediments; decontamination and purification of water: global treatment systems; sustainable treatment processes; clean and alternative technologies; biowastes management and valorization; novel materials: production, characterization, and utilization; thermal analysis
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Prof. Dr. José António Covas
Guest Editor
Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho, Campus de Azurém 4800-058, Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: polymer processing and micro-processing (monitoring, optimization, technology, biodegradable materials); compounding (preparation of composites and nano-composites, polymer blending and modification); additive manufacturing; polymer characterization (rheology and morphology)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Portugal is a rapidly developing country that aims to be the manufacturing powerhouse of Europe. Traditional industries, such as glass-making, have morphed into the third-largest centre of mould-making for plastic processing. Portugal has an emerging biomedical and pharmaceutical industry and is a leader in the implementation of 3G and 5G. As a country that borders both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Portugal has a strong interest in the marine industries and in environmental issues. In recent times, Portugal has generated all of its electrical energy from renewable sources, including wind and hydroelectric sources, and solar farms are emerging. In the same vein, there is a focus in many research centres on biopolymers and other natural resources and the entire circular economy.  A network of almost 400 publically funded research units in Universities and Polytechnics provides the core of research together with the Ministry of Science through the Foundation for Science and Technology. Other notable research institutes include the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, which is an international centre for biomedical research and graduate education in Oeiras, the Champalimaud Foundation, which is based in Lisbon and focused on neuroscience and oncology, and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Braga. A particular feature of research in Portugal is the multidisciplinary nature of the research teams and the diverse areas of Polymer Science including  Chemistry, Physics, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering and Materials Science, and Medical Applications. The focus of the research ranges from synthesis and characterization to processing and fabrication, involving work with synthetic, artificial, and natural polymers. Novel developments very often translate into innovative real-world products and processes, thanks to close collaborations with industry, in fields such as coatings, adhesives, foams, paper, textiles, packaging, and composites, which are often supported by the Agência Nacional de Inovação (ANI).

This Special Issue intends to present a collection of original research and review articles that provide an overview of current work on Polymer Science in Portugal. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • polymer synthesis and modification;
  • physical characterization;
  • biodegradability;
  • functional polymers;
  • biosourced polymers;
  • biomaterials;
  • supramolecular structures;
  • property–structure relationships;
  • composites and nanocomposites;
  • modeling of reaction engineering and processing;
  • technological applications;
  • environmental applications;
  • additive manufacturing;
  • polymers for a circular economy

Prof. Dr. Fernão D. Magalhães
Prof. Dr. Geoffrey R. Mitchell
Dr. Marta Otero
Prof. Dr. José António Covas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Synthesis and modification
  • Characterization
  • Biodegradability
  • Biosourced polymers
  • Composites
  • Modelling
  • Processing
  • Circular economy

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