Special Issue "Advanced Polyureas"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vasco D. B. Bonifácio
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iBB—Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: polyurea dendrimers; synthetic mimics of antimicrobial peptides; nanotherapeutics; cancer theranostics; cancer radiotheranostics; regenerative nanomedicine; green chemistry; mechanochemistry; sonochemistry; non-traditional intrinsic luminescence
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Dr. Rita F. Pires
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Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: polyurea dendrimers; organic synthesis; polymer synthesis; nanomedicine
Dr. Nuno Martinho
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Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-004 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: dendrimers; molecular modeling; polymer synthesis; nanomedicine; green chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polyureas are amazing polymers that have emerged as advanced materials in the last few years. Applications of polyurea-based materials range from nanomedicine to nanotechnology, and many efforts have been made to optimize their synthesis, especially using green methodologies, and fully explore their potential by the rational design of novel functional architectures.

This Special Issue is concerned both with molecular dynamic simulation studies and the synthesis and functionalization of polyureas that enable the development of novel nanomaterials, and will help to compile the current state-of-the-art and to highlight their range of applications, namely, in therapeutics, nanocatalysis, and regenerative medicine. Both original contributions and reviews are welcome.

Dr. Vasco D.B. Bonifácio
Dr. Rita F. Pires
Dr. Nuno Martinho
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Polyureas
  • Hyperbranched polyureas
  • Polyurea dendrimers
  • Polyurea composites
  • Green chemistry
  • Drug delivery
  • Gene delivery
  • Nanomedicine
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Nanocatalysis
  • Molecular modeling

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Achievement of Both Mechanical Properties and Intrinsic Self-Healing under Body Temperature in Polyurethane Elastomers: A Synthesis Strategy from Waterborne Polymers
Polymers 2020, 12(4), 989; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12040989 - 24 Apr 2020
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Inspired by the growing demand for smart and environmentally friendly polymer materials, we employed 2,2′-disulfanediyldianiline (22DTDA) as a chain extender to synthesize a waterborne polyurethane (WPUR). Due to the ortho-substituted structure of the aromatic disulfide, the urea moieties formed a unique microphase structure [...] Read more.
Inspired by the growing demand for smart and environmentally friendly polymer materials, we employed 2,2′-disulfanediyldianiline (22DTDA) as a chain extender to synthesize a waterborne polyurethane (WPUR). Due to the ortho-substituted structure of the aromatic disulfide, the urea moieties formed a unique microphase structure in the WPUR, its mechanical strength was enhanced more 180 times relative to that of the material prepared without 22DTDA, and excellent self-healing abilities at body temperature in air or under ultrasound in water were obtained. If the self-healing process was carried out at 37 °C, 50 °C or under ultrasound, the ultimate tensile strength and elongation at break of the healed film could reach 13.8 MPa and 1150%, 15.4 MPa and 1215%, or 16 MPa and 1056%, respectively. Moreover, the WPUR films could be re-healed at the same fracture location over three cutting–healing cycles, and the recovery rates of the tensile strength and elongation at break remained almost constant throughout these cycles. Full article
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Polyureas Versatile Polymers for New Academic and Technological Applications
Polymers 2021, 13(24), 4393; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13244393 - 15 Dec 2021
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Polyureas (PURs) are a competitive polymer to their analogs, polyurethanes (PUs). Whereas PUs’ main functional group is carbamate (urethane), PURs contain urea. In this revision, a comprehensive overview of PUR properties, from synthesis to technical applications, is displayed. Preparative routes that can be [...] Read more.
Polyureas (PURs) are a competitive polymer to their analogs, polyurethanes (PUs). Whereas PUs’ main functional group is carbamate (urethane), PURs contain urea. In this revision, a comprehensive overview of PUR properties, from synthesis to technical applications, is displayed. Preparative routes that can be used to obtain PURs using diisocianates or harmless reagents such as CO2 and NH3 are explained, and aterials, urea monomers and PURs are discussed; PUR copolymers are included in this discussion as well. Bulk to soft components of PUR, as well as porous materials and meso, micro or nanomaterials are evaluated. Topics of this paper include the general properties of aliphatic and aromatic PUR, followed by practical synthetic pathways, catalyst uses, aggregation, sol–gel formation and mechanical aspects. Full article
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