Special Issue "Self-Healing Polymers"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2023 | Viewed by 2770

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Dr. Alexander Novikov
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Institute of Chemistry, Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskii pr., 26, Petergof, 198504 St. Petersburg, Russia
Interests: quantum and computational chemistry; inorganic and coordination chemistry; organometallic chemistry; organic chemistry; catalysis; non-covalent interactions; machine learning and artificial intelligence in chemistry
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Dear Colleagues,

Self-healing polymers is one of the most cutting-edge topics in modern materials science. Self-healing polymers are special class of materials, which can heal the internal defects/cracks or damage generated in any matrix and can rebuild the mechanical properties (e.g., tensile strength) of the cracked part through an autonomic healing process. Such smart substances often have promising mechanical, thermal, optical, and biomimetic properties.
The following modern directions in the development of self-healing polymers could be noted: cross-linked polymers, polymerization of multifunctional monomers, thiol-based polymers, poly(urea-urethane), vitrimers, microcapsule healing, 1D, 2D and 3D vascular based polymeric systems, hollow tube polymers, discrete channels and interconnected networks in polymers, carbon nanotube networks, sacrificial thread stitching, self-healing coatings, self-healing cementitious materials, self-healing ceramics, self-healing metals, self-healing organic dyes, self-healing of ice, bio-based healing.
The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight and review modern trends and attract the attention of the scientific community to the problem of self-healing polymers. All types of papers (reviews, mini-reviews, full papers, short communications, technical notes, highlights, etc.) are welcome for consideration.

Dr. Alexander S. Novikov
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • self-healing
  • polymers
  • elastomers
  • ceramics
  • carbon nanotubes
  • coatings
  • biomimetic materials

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Self-Healing Polymers
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2261; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112261 - 31 May 2022
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Self-healing polymers are synthetic or artificially-created substances that have the built-in ability to automatically repair damages to themselves without any external diagnosis of the problem or human intervention [...] Full article
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Periodic Self-Assembly of Poly(ethyleneimine)–poly(4-styrenesulfonate) Complex Coacervate Membranes
Polymers 2023, 15(1), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15010045 - 22 Dec 2022
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Coacervation is a self-assembly strategy based on the complexation of polyelectrolytes, which is utilized in biomedicine and agriculture, as well as automotive and textile industries. In this paper, we developed a new approach to the on-demand periodic formation of polyelectrolyte complexes through a [...] Read more.
Coacervation is a self-assembly strategy based on the complexation of polyelectrolytes, which is utilized in biomedicine and agriculture, as well as automotive and textile industries. In this paper, we developed a new approach to the on-demand periodic formation of polyelectrolyte complexes through a Liesegang-type hierarchical organization. Adjustment of reaction conditions allows us to assemble materials with a tunable spatiotemporal geometry and establish materials’ production cycles with a regulated periodicity. The proposed methodology allows the membrane to self-assemble when striving to reach balance and self-heal after exposure to external stimuli, such as potential difference and high pH. Using chronopotentiometry, K+ ion permeability behavior of the PEI–PSS coacervate membranes was demonstrated. The periodically self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanomembranes could further be integrated into novel energy storage devices and intelligent biocompatible membranes for bionics, soft nanorobotics, biosensing, and biocomputing. Full article
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Structural Features of Eu3+ and Tb3+-Bipyridinedicarboxamide Complexes
Polymers 2022, 14(24), 5540; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14245540 - 18 Dec 2022
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Photoluminescent lanthanide complexes of Eu3+ and Tb3+ as central atoms and N6,N6-diisopropyl-[2,2′-bipyridine]-6,6′-dicarboxamide as ligand were synthesized. The structure of these complexes was established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, 1H and 13C nuclear [...] Read more.
Photoluminescent lanthanide complexes of Eu3+ and Tb3+ as central atoms and N6,N6-diisopropyl-[2,2′-bipyridine]-6,6′-dicarboxamide as ligand were synthesized. The structure of these complexes was established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet-visible, infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetry. Bipyridinic ligands provide formation of coordinatively saturated complexes of lanthanide ions and strong photoluminescence (PL). The Eu3+- and Tb3+-complexes exhibit PL emission in the red and green regions observed at a 340 nm excitation. The quantum yield for the complexes was revealed to be 36.5 and 12.6% for Tb3+- and Eu3+-complexes, respectively. These lanthanide compounds could be employed as photoluminescent solid-state compounds and as emitting fillers in polymer (for example, polyethylene glycol) photoluminescent materials. Full article
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