Special Issue "Polymer Adhesion and Interfaces for Advanced Manufacturing"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Boxin Zhao
Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Interests: surface science and bionanomaterials; interfacial materials engineering for advanced manufacturing; biomimicry and biomimetic materials; multifunctional polymers and nanocomposites; biopolymer; hydrogels and healthcare materials; advanced coating and adhesive bonding technology
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Prof. Li Yu
Guest Editor
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hubei University, Wu Han, China
Interests: smart materials for biomimetic soft robots; photoresponsive and multifunctional macromolecules and micromolecules; smart photovoltaic windows; interfacial engineering and advanced manufacturing
Prof. Marco Alfano
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
Interests: mechanics of materials; additive manufacturing; adhesive bonding; lightweight materials; deformation and fracture; surface modification; finite element modeling; cohesive zone modeling; bio-inspired materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the recent advances and new understandings of polymer adhesion and interfaces for advanced manufacturing, where mechanical robustness, smart properties, new functions, and environmental friendliness are desired. Papers are sought that discuss the adhesion and interfaces of both synthetic and biological polymers used in manufacturing processes. Of particular interest are new structures and functions enabled by polymers and their assembly, packaging and integration, and their characterizations. 

Example topics are polymer coating with engineered surface wettability, friction, and other functionalities (e.g., antimicrobial, anti-corrosion); polymer adhesives used in lamination and bonding with enhanced mechanical strength and toughness; the structure–property relationship of multifunctional polymeric composites where the filler interfaces, dispersion, and micromechanical properties are critical aspects; adhesive bonding of metals, polymers, and fiber-reinforced composites, including hybrid joining techniques; mechanical and physical surface pre-treatments for advanced lightweight materials, including fiber reinforced composites; mechanical characterization techniques for adhesives and adhesive joints, including strength, fracture toughness, and durability; modeling techniques, including analytical and numerical models for the analysis of strength and fracture toughness under static and/or dynamic loading; studies of polymer adhesion and interfaces in new manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing and/or new applications, such as bio-inspired robotic devices; and adhesion adaptability, and the use and application of biodegradable polymers for sustainable manufacturing.

Prof. Boxin Zhao
Prof. Li Yu
Prof. Marco Alfano
Guest Editors

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.


  • Polymer interface
  • Interfacial phenomena
  • Interfacial adhesion
  • Coating and bonding
  • Multifunctional polymeric composites
  • Interfacial fracture
  • Surface treatment
  • Shear and peel stresses
  • Fracture toughness
  • Impact
  • Adhesion of 3D printed polymers
  • NDT&NDE for polymer interfaces
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired robotic device

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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