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Special Issue "Degradation and Stabilization of Polymer-Based Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.
Prof. Dr. Roberto Scaffaro Website E-Mail
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: (bio)polymers and (bio)polymer processing; physical characterization; chemical characterization; (bio)polymer nanocomposites; carbon based nanoparticles; degradation and stabilization of (bio)polymers; porous structures
Dr. Andrea Maio Website E-Mail
Department of Civil, Aerospace, Environmental, Materials Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze – Parco d’Orleans II, Ed. 6, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: synthesis, modification, characterization of graphene and its derivatives; nanocellulose and nanostructured hybrids; preparation of multifunctional nanocomposites and bionanocomposites using conventional and advanced techniques; development of porous materials (biopolymeric functionally graded scaffolds, aerogels) for advanced applications; biolaminates; interphase study and modellization
This is to present a Special Issue devoted to “Degradation and Stabilization of Polymer-Based Materials”, including composites, nanocomposites, polymer blends and biodegradable resins.
Thermal, mechanical, photo-oxidative and biological degradation play a vital role in determining the behavior and the final overall performance of items/devices produced with such materials. Degradation may occur before the beginning of the life of an object, i.e., during processing/forming, due to the action of heat, oxygen and mechanical stresses; or during its lifetime, due to sunlight, oxygen, moisture or bacteria; or after the end of its life, due to several chemical, physical and biological attacks, such as fire, ozone, bacterial strains, atmospheric pollutants, radiations, etc.
Further, in some cases it is preferred to slow down degradation processes while, in others, it is desirable to accelerate or schedule them. Therefore, knowledge about relationships between processing, structure, morphology and properties in polymer-based materials is necessary to achieve these goals. Nevertheless, the interactions between materials and external solicitations are still far from being fully explored and managed, as well as the deep understanding of the degradation/stabilization mechanisms. Therefore, papers are sought that deal with the stabilization and/or degradation of polymeric systems, either providing new insights on the processing-structure-ageing property relationships or investigating new additives/compounds leading to an improved resistance towards thermal, mechanical, photo-oxidative, biological degradation of polymer-based systems. Latest research dealing with degradative reactions in special application fields and/or proposing novel characterization protocols will also be of great interest.
Prof. Dr. Roberto Scaffaro
Dr. Andrea Maio
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Polymer degradation
- Polymer biodegradation
- Thermal degradation
- Mechanical degradation
- Fire retardant
- Processing-properties-structure-morphology relationships