Special Issue "Microgels and Hydrogels at Interfaces"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Dr. Patrick Van Rijn
Department of BioMedical Engineering FB-40, University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen, A. Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands. Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: biohybrid systems; polymeric microgels; surface chemistry; biomaterials; biointerfaces; cell biology; biomedical applications
Everything occurs at the interface… Many interesting phenomena occur when structures meet, thereby creating an interface or altering an existing one. Controlling the behaviour or directing dynamics at interfaces has moved from being an exploratory exercise to a sophisticated approach to engineer new devices and coatings within the field of biomedical applications, electronics, sensors, coatings, and many more. Many of these applications find their origin in the use of hydrogels as these can be tailored in their chemical compositions, solvent compatibility, swelling/deswelling behaviour, and mechanical properties. Such hydrogels and hydrogel-like structures include but are not limited to polymer and molecular hydrogels, polymer brushes, and microgels. Because of the large diversity in molecular compositions, highly sophisticated and smart/responsive hydrogels can be fabricated allowing for the development of ever more complex interfaces and hence applications.
The aim of this Special Issue is to focus on new developments of hydrogel structures at interfaces from both an application and a fundamental point of view where new surface modification approaches not only facilitate new technologies being developed but also provide more fundamental insights to surface structuring, adsorption/desorption phenomena, interface dynamics, and time-dependent control. Here the particular focus is amongst others on anti-fouling phenomena, interface-bound biological structures and responsive systems in the broadest sense, including temperature, pH, and light stimulation. Additionally, electrochemical approaches for both fundamental insights and new applications will be collected.
Both review articles and original research papers are solicited. There is particular interest in papers envisioning innovative approaches or novel synthetic challenges to create functional systems.
Dr. Patrick van Rijn
Dr. Felix Plamper
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- interfaces (solid liquid; liquid/liquid; liquid/air)
- responsive materials
- soft matter electrochemistry
- interfacial segregation and complexation