Carbonized Polymers and Their Functional Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 162

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026, China
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The exploration of carbonized polymers has opened a new window for polymer research. Carbon materials, such as graphene, diamond, carbon nanotubes, etc., are gradually emerging in many fields, due to their unique sp2/sp3 C atoms and low-dimensional characteristics. Polymers, which are macromolecules with long-chain structures, share some similarities with carbon materials. In recent years, low-dimensional carbon materials have been derived from carbonized polymers, such as carbon tubes, carbon spheres, carbon quantum dots, heteroatom-doped carbon, etc., and have generated many interesting research results. Ultimately, this was determined by the chain or network-like flexible structure of polymers, which made it easy for carbonized polymers to form specific novel carbon materials.

This Special Issue aims to discuss the functional applications of carbonized polymers, exploring the development of novel multi-functional carbon materials derived from polymer precursor. All types of polymer precursors, including traditional synthetic polymers, biomass materials, conductive polymers, special-morphological polymers, etc., will be included in the scope of considerations. Current topics of interest to readers include all aspects related to structural evolution, hybridizations and interfaces, internal pore structure regulation, performance regulation from polymers to carbon, the structural–performance relationships, etc. This issue will establish and improve the bridge between polymers and carbon materials, explore the structural essence of polymers, and seek applications in fields such as energy, environment, biology, and engineering.

Dr. Xiangnan Chen
Guest Editor

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  • carbonized polymers
  • carbon materials
  • functional applications
  • polymer-derived carbon

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