Special Issue "Functional and Conductive Polymer Thin Films"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.
Interests: nanocomposite; biomedical materials; separation technology
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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
Manuscript Submission Information
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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