Special Issue "Interpenetrating Polymer Networks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020) | Viewed by 17732
Interests: polymer hydrogels; phase transition in hydrogels; thermoresponsive polymers; interpenetrating polymer networks; formation, structure, properties of polymers; NMR spectroscopy of polymers; supramolecular complexes of porphyrins
Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) represent promising materials which allow combining polymers with different properties either to enhance the characteristics of their components or to obtain materials with unique tunable properties and overcome the disadvantages of single individual polymer networks. IPNs have several applications, and their success is mainly due to their crosslinked structure that provides better thermal stability, mechanical properties, and chemical resistance. Extending the concept of IPN towards hydrogels has brought novel systems in which hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity and stimuli responsiveness can be controlled by the proper selection of the two polymers and by varying their composition. In this context, double networks, as a special case of IPN hydrogels, have drawn researchers' attention since they exhibit excellent mechanical properties.
Papers are sought that discuss trends in the field of IPNs or summarize selected areas of the field. The scope of this Special Issue covers the synthesis and chemical design, morphology, characterization, and structure–properties relationship of IPNs. Of particular interest are IPN hydrogels and research on their swelling features, mechanical and other properties, responsivity to stimuli with respect to the desired functionalities, and applications.
Dr. Lenka Hanykova
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- Interpenetrating polymer networks
- Formation, structure, properties
- Phase morphology
- Double networks
- Polymer hydrogels