Special Issue "Functionalization Procedures and Emerging Applications of Polymer Foams and Composites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2020).
The journal Polymers is preparing a Special Issue title “Functionalization Procedures and Emerging Applications of Polymer Foams and Composites”. In this Special issue, recent research on the functionalization of polymer foams and composites, as well as on the development of new or optimized applications of these materials, is considered.
Polymer foams and composites are current materials of great technological relevance and widely employed in our present world. These materials could present a wide range of tunable properties, which are directly related to their inner multiphasic structure. The different possible combinations of polymer matrices with a gaseous phase and/or a filler (e.g., fibers, microparticles, or nanoparticles), together with the fine control about the structure or dispersion of these secondary phases, allows for the obtaining of an extraordinarily wide range of bulk physical and chemical properties, making these materials suitable for a wide range of applications (from packaging to aeronautics).
However, fine control of the interfacial properties of polymer foams and composites is usually not achieved by the conventional production routes of these materials, since these properties are extremely important in several applications, such as water treatment, biomedical, catalysis, etc. Generally speaking, to obtain a noticeable effect on the surface properties by conventional production routes, it could be necessary to include a large number of fillers to ensure a sufficient presence of them in the surfaces of polymer foams and composites. On the other hand, an improved production process could selectively locate the particles in the surfaces, or a later functionalization procedure could modify the surface with the exact amount of particles required.
Moreover, recent advances in both production routes and functionalization procedures could improve their use in current applications of these materials, present additional advantages (e.g., biodegradability), or even make them suitable for new applications. Therefore, the Editors are pleased to launch this Special Issue and invite researchers to contribute their reviews and original papers on the development of functionalization procedures of polymer foams and composites, as well as on the study of potential new applications for these materials. Potential topics cover but are not restricted to the following:
- Functionalization procedures of polymer foams and composites, and technologies to control their surface morphology;
- Water treatment technologies based on polymer foams and composites;
- Biomedical developments based on polymer foams and composites (e.g., scaffolds, drug delivery);
- Gas capture and storage using polymer foams and composites;
- Catalysis and other chemistry procedures (e.g., degradation of dangerous chemicals) using polymer foams and composites;
- Polymer foams and composites with magnetic response or electromagnetic shielding capability;
- Polymer foams and composites with improved thermal or acoustic isolation capability;
- Biodegradable or sustainable polymer foams and composites with improved surface or bulk properties;
- Transparent or optically active polymer foams and composites.
Prof. Miguel Angel Rodríguez-Pérez
Dr. Javier Pinto
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Polymer foam
- Cellular polymer
- Polymer composite
- Functional polymer
- Surface properties
- Environmental remediation
- Water treatment
- Transparent foams
- Biodegradable polymers.