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Special Issue "Polyelectrolyte Complexes in Polymer Science and Technology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).
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Interests: nanostructured coatings, layer-by-layer assembly, polymer composites, polymer nanocomposites, nanocellulose-based materials, graphene related materials, flame retardancy, gas barrier properties
In recent year polyelectrolyte complexes have attracted great interest in the field of polymer science and technology as a novel and advanced tool capable of deeply modifying the final properties of a polymer (e.g., foams, textiles and thin films). The complex formation may occur directly on the polymer surface in a step-by-step fashion (layer-by-layer assembly) or in water for the production of complexes colloids to be either deposited as coatings in a single step approach or dried and melt-blended in a polymer matrix as innovative fillers. Thanks to the unique structure and the molecular scale interactions established upon complex formation the above mentioned approaches have been found capable of endow the modified polymer with unprecedented properties including toughening effects, strongly improved flame retardancy and extreme gas barrier.
This special issue aims at collecting papers dealing with recent advances and discoveries in the field of polyelectrolyte/polyelectrolyte and polyelectrolyte/nanoparticle complexes applied to polymer science and technology. Contributions investigating the use of novel complexes as well as those dealing with basic and fundamental studies describing the achieved properties are welcome. The resulting collection will provide new insights in the field capable of inspiring future research.
Dr. Federico Carosio
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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 1800 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.
- nanostructured coatings
- layer-by-layer assembly
- flame retardancy
- gas barrier packaging
- polyelectrolyte complexes
- polymer composites
- polymeric foams
- fibers and textiles
- thin films