Special Issue "Degradation and Stability of Polymers and Rubbers"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Tri
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1. Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 4M3, Canada
2. Laboratory of Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 4M3, Canada
Interests: nanoconcretes; cement-based materials; nanomaterials; nanocomposites; organic coatings; polymer crystallization; functional composites
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Dr. Daniel Gagnon
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Hydro-Quebec’s Research Institute (IREQ), Varennes, QC J3X 1S1, Canada
Interests: asset management; polymers; durability of materials
Prof. Dr. Georges Abdul-Nour
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, QC G8Z 4M3, Canada
Interests: asset management; intelligent manufacturing (I4.0); lean manufacturing; optimization; VSM; six sigma; supply chain management; OR and simulation modeling; operations management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the development of new nanoscale characterization techniques in combination with modern analytical methods, the investigation of the degradation phenomena and the prediction of service lifetime of polymer materials becomes easier and more efficient. New cutting edge technologies of advanced additives preparation makes polymer today becoming smarter, more sustainable and durable against chemical and physical aging agents.

Polymer materials are relative unstable under the presence of radiations and environment agents such as temperature, humidity, wind, ozone, and mechanical vibrations. They degrade too quickly to be able to maintain their functional properties for a period long enough to industrial applications intended.

The involved degradation and deterioration mechanisms polymers are quite complex depending and their chemical composition and production methods. Better understanding aging phenomena at the macroscopic and nanoscale scales and the related mechanisms could help to the prediction the service lifetime and find a suitable solution to improve the properties of polymers for various desired end-used applications.

This Special Issue aims to collect articles reporting on recent developments dealing with the polymer degradation and stability. It covers the different methods for testing, evaluating as well as mathematical methods for predicting of the polymer aging and stability.

Prof. Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Tri
Dr. Daniel Gangon
Prof. Dr. Georges Abdul-Nour
Guest Editor


  • Aging and stability of natural and synthetic rubbers
  • Aging of thermoset polymers
  • Aging and stability of organic and inorganic coatings
  • Mechanisms of polymer aging
  • Development of new polymer with high stability
  • Thermal aging of polymers
  • Photodegradation of polymers
  • Advanced methods for characterization of polymer aging and stability
  • Aging of thermoplastic polymers
  • Additives for polymer stability
  • Natural and accelerated testing methods for polymers and coatings
  • Advanced photostabilizers and UV-absorbers
  • Prediction of polymers and coatings service lifetime
  • Simulation of polymer aging
  • Simulation modeling of polymer aging

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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