Modification and Functionalization of Polymer Materials for Sustainable Development

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Processing and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 128

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Silesian University of Technology, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
Interests: fatigue and aging degradation of polymeric materials; diagnostics of polymeric materials; non-destructive investigation; plastic processing; polymeric composites
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Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Silesian University of Technology, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
Interests: materials science; machine construction and operation; manufacturing engineering related to the broadly understood knowledge of polymer materials; modification and testing of polymer materials; the production of polymer composites, and in particular focus on the issues of composites with solid fillers, including bio fillers; materials processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry requirements and economic, social, and environmental conditions determine the development of materials engineering, especially in the area of polymer materials. A search is underway to discover polymer materials and their composites that synergistically combine various properties, e.g., mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical, while minimizing the impact on the natural environment. A distinguishing feature of polymer materials, and especially their composites, is their specific strength, which strongly determines their application. There is therefore a need for appropriate modifications that enable functional properties to be programmed, which can be achieved chemically by introducing fillers (organic and inorganic) and through surface activation. The proposed topic of this Special Issue includes the production of modified polymer materials and research on technological, strength, and functional characteristics (e.g., thermal, optical, and electrical). A separate issue is the development of a methodology for preparing fillers that ensures the required adhesive bonds with the matrix. A key area of research is predicting changes in the properties of developed materials during operation, taking into account the impact of environmental (aging) and fatigue factors. Recognizing the impact of proposed modifications on functional properties, as well as life cycle design, is an important material design tool that minimizes negative impacts on the environment.

Dr. Małgorzata Szymiczek
Dr. Monika Chomiak
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  • chemical modification
  • organic and inorganic fillers
  • nanofillers
  • plastic processing
  • operational characteristics (e.g., mechanical, thermal, electrical)
  • functionalization
  • sustainable development

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