Special Issue "Polymer Thin Films and Membranes 2013"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Charles Rogers
Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7202, USA
Website: http://polymers.case.edu/people/faculty/rogers.htm
E-Mail: cer@case.edu
Phone: +1 216 3686376
Fax: +1 216 3684202
Interests: Solution, diffusion and permeation; separation membranes; electronic and electrochemical membranes; degradation and other environmental effects on polymers; mechanical properties, deformation and fatigue of polymers; multi-component polymer systems; adhesion and adhesives, sealants and coatings; surface science and technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Synthetic membrane technology has achieved a startling rate of development over the last three decades. Many, if not most, of the membrane materials useful for separation processes, drug release, reactor media, and other applications are dependent on the formation and properties of thin films, often ultra-thin surface or interfacial films. Our understanding of these systems involves knowledge of the relationships between materials composition, structure and properties as affected by processing and end-use conditions. A better understanding of the scientific basis of these relationships would serve as a stimulus and guide for obtaining even more dramatic systems and applications. Areas of great promise and much accomplishment are the substitution of synthetic materials for natural biological or botanical membranes, extension of the scope of viable separation membrane applications and formation of complex membrane reactor systems. All of these areas, and others, would benefit greatly from such an increase in knowledge. This Special Issue is intended to provide a means for communicating studies that increase our scientific knowledge of thin film and membrane systems. Its content also will reflect advances reported in other relevant Special Issues of Polymers.

Prof. Dr. Charles Rogers
Guest Editor


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The previous Special Issue "Polymer Thin Films and Membranes" can be found here:


  • membranes
  • thin films
  • interfacial phenomena
  • penetrant-polymer interactions
  • natural membranes
  • membrane reactors
  • membrane separations
  • selective permeation
  • separation of isomeric and racemic mixtures

Published Papers (4 papers)

Polymers 2013, 5(4), 1362-1379; doi:10.3390/polym5041362
Received: 10 October 2013; in revised form: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 25 November 2013 / Published: 4 December 2013
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Polymers 2013, 5(2), 696-705; doi:10.3390/polym5020696
Received: 26 March 2013; in revised form: 9 May 2013 / Accepted: 3 June 2013 / Published: 6 June 2013
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Polymers 2013, 5(2), 404-417; doi:10.3390/polym5020404
Received: 29 March 2013; Accepted: 18 April 2013 / Published: 26 April 2013
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Polymers 2013, 5(1), 303-327; doi:10.3390/polym5010303
Received: 9 January 2013; in revised form: 23 February 2013 / Accepted: 28 February 2013 / Published: 21 March 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Cholesterol-induced Buckling in Physisorbed Polymer-tethered Lipid Monolayers
Authors: Noor F. Hussain, Amanda P. Siegel, Merrell Johnson and Christoph A. Naumann
Affiliation: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, 402 N. Blackford Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA; E-Mail: canauman@iupui.edu
Abstract: The influence of cholesterol molar concentration on the formation of buckling structures is studied in a physisorbed polymer-tethered lipid monolayer system using epifluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The monolayer system, built using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique, consists of 3mol% poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) lipopolymers, and various concentrations of phospholipids and cholesterol. In the absence of cholesterol, AFM micrographs show only occasional buckling structures, which are caused by the presence of the lipopolymers in the monolayer. In contrast, corresponding AFM data illustrate that a gradual increase of cholesterol concentration in the range of 0-40mol% leads to a significant increase in monolayer roughness and the additional formation of buckling regions. These findings confirm that membrane buckling in physisorbed polymer-tethered membranes can be controlled through adjustment of membrane elastic properties. Our results are significant because they offer an intriguing perspective about the role of cholesterol on the materials properties in complex membrane architectures.

Last update: 17 September 2013

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