Special Issue "Surface Modification and Functionalization of Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Interests: surface modification; biointerphase; cell biology
Interests: surface functionalization; biointerfaces; combinatorial materials
Interests: controlled polymerization; confined chemistry; responsive polymers
Polymers, a large class of materials, are particularly important in our daily life. The application of polymers is involved in but not limited to the fields of biomaterials and biomedical devices, energy materials, environmental materials, optical materials, engineering materials, etc. Polymers used for these purposes are mostly selected based on their bulk mechanical properties rather than on the suitability of their surface properties. However, the interfacial properties of polymer materials, including both chemical composition and physical morphology, greatly affect their efficiency in applications. In some cases, polymer materials even fail in practical applications without surface functionalization. For example, the adsorption of blood proteins on the unmodified surfaces of implant devices initiates a cascade of biological responses.
Considering the high requirements of the surface modification and functionalization of polymers, we urgently need to better understand the interfacial behaviors between polymer materials and their application environment. Moreover, the development of novel approaches to modify polymer surfaces with desired surface characters is required to meet the growing demand of the applications.
Therefore, the editors are pleased to launch this Special Issue and invite researchers to contribute their reviews and original papers in the field of the surface modification and functionalization of polymers. Potential topics cover but are not restricted to the following:
- Surface modification technologies of polymer materials;
- Functional polymers with designed interfacial properties;
- Surface patterning technologies on polymer materials;
- Technologies for controlling surface morphology;
- Stimuli-responsive surfaces;
- Superhydrophilic, superhydrophilic, and slippery surfaces;
- Interfacial interactions between polymer materials and their application environment;
- Characterization of the surfaces and interfaces of functional polymers.
Dr. Qiang Wei
Prof. Linxian Li
Prof. Hui Zhao
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Surface modification
- Surface function
- Interfacial property
- Surface patterning
- Surface morphology
- Surface chemistry