Special Issue "Functional Polyurethanes – In Memory of Prof. József Karger-Kocsis"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019.
Prof. József Karger-Kocsis (4 March 1950 -- 13 December 2018)
Polyurethanes (PUs) are the most versatile polymeric materials, produced both in linear and crosslinked forms, via the chemical reactions between isocyanates and polyols. Depending on the chemical formulation (e.g., type, structure and reactivity of the monomers, type and amount of the catalysts) the physico-chemical, mechanical and biological properties can be made unique for a particular PU system. The potential application of PUs is further broadened by the incorporation of various polymer segments in the main chains, pendant groups onto the polymer backbone, and the like. The attribute “functional” covers not only chemical functionalization possibilities but also the creation of functional (i.e., non-mechanical) properties with different working principles. Using variants of the ‘click’ chemistry, such as the Diels-Alder coupling, chemical functionalization and generation of functional properties (e.g., self-healing, shape memory) can even be combined. Such “functional” PUs have gained significant attention in both the polymer industry and academic research because of their manifold application possibilities.
The aim of this Special Issue of Polymers, entitled “Functional Polyurethanes”, is to cover the most recent progress in the rapidly growing field of polyurethane “functionalization”. This Special Issue will address novel design strategies, synthesis and characterization of functional monomers/polymers (also from renewable resources), as well as the applications of functional PUs (protective coatings, polymer modifiers, nanocomposites, high performance elastomers, ionomers, waterborne PUs, tissue engineering, shape memory and self-healing effects). Both original and review papers are welcome.
Special Statement: It is our sad duty to announce that Professor József Karger-Kocsis, one of the Guest Editors of this Special Issue has passed away, at the age of 68, on 13 December, 2018. Professor Karger-Kocsis served as a full professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and was the Editor-in-Chief of the internationally respected polymer journal Express Polymer Letters. Professor Karger-Kocsis’s research interest covered a wide range of scientific and practical areas including the improvement of the mechanical properties of synthetic and natural polymers and their composites, development of new techniques and methodologies for the investigation of polymer composites, and studying the interaction between polymer matrices and reinforcing materials. Professor Karger-Kocsis also acted with great enthusiasm to the challenges of various environmental issues by focusing on the recycling of plastic and rubber wastes, as well as on the application of renewable raw materials in the synthesis of polymers. Furthermore, he obtained excellent seminal results in the field of smart and functional materials. His outstanding scientific achievements are marked by his 4 books, 50 book chapters, approximately 500 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and more than 20,000 citations with a Hirsh-index of 72. As a tribute to his lifelong work, this Special Issue of Polymers is dedicated to the memory of Professor József Karger-Kocsis and the deadline for submission of manuscripts to this Special Issue is extended to 31 August, 2019. We hope that this extension will be appropriate to allow for manuscript submissions by the scientists who want to salute Professor Karger-Kocsis’s scientific work.
Prof. Sándor Kéki
Prof. József Karger-Kocsis
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- Synthesis, mechanisms
- Physical properties
- ‘Click’ chemistry
- Shape memory polyurethanes
- Self-healing polyurethanes
- Tissue engineering
- Ionomers, waterborne PUs