Special Issue "Functional and Conductive Polymer Thin Films"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

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Prof. Yen-Zen Wang
Guest Editor
Interests: nanocomposite; biomedical materials; separation technology
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Dear Colleagues,

The development of materials is a key factor for industry growth and innovation, with Enhanced material functionalities effectively promoting the profundity and breadth of original material applications. Material functionality methods include chemical modifications and compounding from physical blending, while functional polymers represent polymers bearing functional groups that have a greater polarity or reactivity than simple linear backbones. Polymer functionalization aims at offering new properties to materials. These include separation membranes for fuel cells, electrodes in batteries, organic catalysis, medicine, optoelectronics, biomaterials, photographic materials, fuel additives, etc. Conductive polymers are organic polymers that conduct electricity. The electrical properties can be modulated using the methods of organic synthesis and via excellent dispersion techniques. It is worth mentioning that the total number of papers on conducting polymers to date (2020) according to scientific databases is more than 300,000, and the literature suggests that they are promising in catalysts, photovoltaic cells, batteries, organic solar cells, batteries, transistor, wearable smart devices, organic light-emitting diodes, actuators, electrochromic devices, supercapacitors, electrochemical biosensors and bioelectronics, flexible transparent displays, electromagnetic shielding and microwave-absorbent coatings, and others. A thin film is a layer of material ranging from the nanometer scale to several micrometers in thickness. Since layers are thin relative to length scale, interface effects are much more important than in bulk materials, bringing about novel physical properties. The film properties and functions have become a major research field. The synthesis of polymer as thin films is a key step in numerous applications (e.g., protective, smart coatings to electronics, sensors and display technology, as well as serving biological and medical purposes).

The core subject matter of the Special Issue is to discern the fundamental and advancement aspects for the synthesis, fabrication, characterization, properties, and foresights of functional and conductive polymer thin films, as well as their copolymers, composites, and nanocomposites.

Prof. Yen-Zen Wang
Guest Editor

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  • synthesis and fabrication of functional and conductive polymer thin films
  • synthesis and application of flexible and transparent conducting polymer thin films
  • polymers for green energy cells
  • polymers for electrodes in electronic and optoelectronic devices
  • polymers for supercapacitors
  • polymers for wearable electronics
  • polymers for electrochemical sensors
  • polymers for electrochromic devices

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High-Molecular-Weight PLA-b-PEO-b-PLA Triblock Copolymer Templated Large Mesoporous Carbons for Supercapacitors and CO2 Capture
Polymers 2020, 12(5), 1193; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12051193 - 23 May 2020
High-molecular-weight PLA440-b-PEO454-b-PLA440 (LEL) triblock copolymer was synthesized through simple ring-opening polymerization (ROP) by using the commercial homopolymer HO-PEO454-OH as the macro-initiator. The material acted as a single template to prepare the large [...] Read more.
High-molecular-weight PLA440-b-PEO454-b-PLA440 (LEL) triblock copolymer was synthesized through simple ring-opening polymerization (ROP) by using the commercial homopolymer HO-PEO454-OH as the macro-initiator. The material acted as a single template to prepare the large mesoporous carbons by using resol-type phenolic resin as a carbon source. Self-assembled structures of phenolic/LEL blends mediated by hydrogen bonding interaction were determined by FTIR and SAXS analyses. Through thermal curing and carbonization procedures, large mesoporous carbons (>50 nm) with a cylindrical structure and high surface area (>600 m2/g) were obtained because the OH units of phenolics prefer to interact with PEO block rather than PLA block, as determined by FTIR spectroscopy. Furthermore, higher CO2 capture and good energy storage performance were observed for this large mesoporous carbon, confirming that the proposed approach provides an easy method for the preparation of large mesoporous materials. Full article
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