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Special Issue "Processing and Molding of Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: plastic molding of polymers and its composites; jointing of polymers with other materials; functional polymers and composites; utilization of biomass materials; biomaterials and issue engineering
Interests: surface modification of natural fibers; development of biobased polymers for composites application; modification of poly(lactic acid); biocomposites
Interests: biodegradable polymer composites; Immobilization of enzyme; biomass based polymers; conducting polymers and composites; energy storage devices; polymers for environmental remediation
Polymeric materials possess excellent advantages, such as light, low-cost, and easy to process, and their composites thus have high specific strength and modulus. To reduce the weight of transportation vehicles including aircraft and automobiles, polymeric materials have been widely developed to replace traditional metal materials. More application of polymers could be observed in electrode materials, electronic components, supercapacitors, agriculture and medical fields. Meanwhile, due to the ever-increasing environmental issues, especially, the large discharge of waste plastic garbage into oceans and rivers, attention has been focused on the protection of ecological systems and the exploitation of new materials. To deal with this challenge, it is highly desired to develop environmentally-friendly biodegradable polymers and composites, which requires new processing and molding technologies.
The processing and molding of polymeric materials, i.e., plastics, elastomers, thermosets, and composites, is a key step in the development of polymer products. Different processing methods entail significantly different properties and costs. The basic characteristics of raw materials determine the selection of suitable manufacturing techniques, which in turn affect the structure and properties of the final products. Therefore, an understanding of relationship between feedstocks compositions, processing conditions, internal structure and mechanical properties of the final products could provide an insight into how improved materials can be developed in a large-scale production.
The current Special Issue of Polymers aims at publishing original research papers and reviews on the latest advances in the fabrication and application of polymeric materials, with a particular attention on the presentation of creative and novel polymer processing technologies. Therefore, the topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) New processing technologies for polymers; (2) development and application of polymers and composites; (3) processing of modified polymers; (4) preparation and characterization of functional polymers.
We are looking forward to receiving your work.
Prof. Jianhui Qiu
Dr. Wendi Liu
Dr. Limin Zang
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.
- Polymer and composites
- Biodegradable polymers
- Processing technology
- Interfacial compatibility
- Mechanical properties
- Strength and fracture