Special Issue "Functional Foams"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Poly2 Group, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC BarcelonaTech), ESEIAAT, C/Colom 11, 08222 Terrassa, Spain
Interests: polymers; composites; foams; nanocomposites
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Poly2 Group, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC BarcelonaTech), ESEIAAT, C/Colom 11, 08222 Terrassa, Spain
Interests: additives; aerogels; composites; conductivity; extrusion; films; foaming; foams; foils; fracture; graphene; ignifugation; membranes; molding; nanocomposites; nanoparticles; oxides; permeability; polyfunctional materials; polymers; processing; properties; resistance; silicates; structure; supercritical fluid
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in nanotechnology have boosted the development of more efficient materials, with emerging sectors (electronics, energy, aerospace, etc.) demanding novel materials to fulfil the complex technical requirements of their products. This is the case of the so-called “functional foams”, which rationally display several specific properties, not only mechanical, but also electrical, thermal, chemical, etc., through complex compositions and structures, in which a gaseous phase is combined with rigid ones, mainly based on nanoparticles, dispersed throughout the matrix.

In the particular case of polymer foams, in the last few years there has been an important impulse in the development of “nanocomposite foams” or “cellular nanocomposites”, extending the concept of nanocomposite to the field of cellular materials. This, alongside the advances in foaming techniques, which have allowed generating new foams with micro, sub-micro and even nanocellular structures, has extended the applications of more traditional foams in terms of weight reduction, damping, thermal and/or acoustic insulation, to novel possibilities, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding.

This Special Issue considers recent research on novel polymer-based foams in all their aspects: design, composition, fabrication, microstructure, characterization and analysis, application and service behaviour, recycling, etc. Special importance will be given to foams containing carbon nanoparticles, like graphene nanoplatelets, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, or other kind of nanoparticles that contribute to develop functional properties in foams.

Manuscripts related to the following topics will be considered for this Special Issue:

-  Thermoplastic and thermosetting polymer foams.
-  Biopolymer foams.
-  Nanocomposite foams.
-  Microcellular, sub-microcellular and nanocellular foams.
-  Close-cell, open-cell and interconnected-cell foams.
-  Unimodal and multimodal foams.
-  Chemical and physical foaming methods.
-  Recycling of foams.
-  Biodegradable foams.
-  Flame retardant foams.
-  Thermally and electrically conductive polymer foams.
-  New applications of foams, including electronics, batteries, fuel cells, catalysis, separation and filtration, EMI shielding, electrostatic dissipation (ESD), electrostatic painting, tissue engineering, etc.

Prof. Dr. José Ignacio Velasco
Dr. Marcelo Antunes
Guest Editors

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  • Functional foams

  • Nanocomposite foams

  • Conductive foams

  • Cellular composites

Published Papers

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