Advances in Nanomodified Polymers and in Polymer Science

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanocomposite Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2024 | Viewed by 723

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Instituto de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación en Biotecnología Sanitaria de Elche (IDiBE), Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH), Elche, 03202 Alicante, Spain
Interests: antiviral activity; polymeric nanomaterials; controlled release; biopolymer formulations; antimicrobial compounds; immunomodulators
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Instituto de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación en Biotecnología Sanitaria de Elche (IDiBE), Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH), Elche, 03202 Alicante, Spain
Interests: synthesis, characterization and applications of conjugated polyfluorenes; nanostructures based on biopolymers with biochemical and pharmaceutical applications
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Dear Colleagues,

Polymer science, a subfield of materials science, involves research in several disciplines, including chemistry, physics, engineering, and beyond (for example, biomedicine and ecology), given the wide range of its applicable results. Such advances, together with the great expectations of the field, explain its high growth in recent decades, and its convergence with the simultaneous developments in (i) electronics technology, which greatly improves molecular characterization capabilities, and (ii) nanotechnology, which studies the unique properties of nanometric materials (nanomaterials).

This joint Special Issue of the journals Polymers and Nanomaterials, entitled Advances in Nanomodified Polymers and in Polymer Science, covers a broad topic that aims to summarize recent advances in research on polymeric nanomaterials and functional polymers. We therefore encourage submissions from leading groups in the field with the aim of providing an advanced view of the current state of the art in these aspects.

This Special Issue is arranged in the context of the XI Congress of Young Researchers in Polymers (JIP 2023, https://jip2023.polimero.org/), which is periodically organized by the Specialized Group of Polymers (GEP) of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry, and this year was hosted and coordinated by us. Thus, the general topics of this Special Issue are closely related to the specific topics of the Congress. In short, they cover the latest research on:

  • Synthesis and characterization of new polymers;
  • Polymers in energy applications, sensors and optoelectronics;
  • Biopolymers with biomedical applications, e.g., nanomedicine;
  • Structure–property relationships, e.g., simulation, rheology and mechanical properties;
  • Polymers in industry: polymer processing, recycling and circular economy.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Polymers.

Dr. Alberto Falco
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Mallavia
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nanomodified polymers
  • polymeric nanomaterials
  • functional polymers
  • polymer synthesis
  • polymer characterization
  • polymer applications
  • biopolymers
  • polymer processing
  • polymer recycling

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Experimental Investigation of the Viscosity and Stability of Scleroglucan-Based Nanofluids for Enhanced Oil Recovery
Nanomaterials 2024, 14(2), 156; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano14020156 - 10 Jan 2024
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Biopolymers emerge as promising candidates for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications due to their molecular structures, which exhibit better stability than polyacrylamides under harsh conditions. Nonetheless, biopolymers are susceptible to oxidation and biological degradation. Biopolymers reinforced with nanoparticles could be a potential solution [...] Read more.
Biopolymers emerge as promising candidates for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications due to their molecular structures, which exhibit better stability than polyacrylamides under harsh conditions. Nonetheless, biopolymers are susceptible to oxidation and biological degradation. Biopolymers reinforced with nanoparticles could be a potential solution to the issue. The nanofluids’ stability and performance depend on the nanoparticles’ properties and the preparation method. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the preparation method and the nanoparticle type (SiO2, Al2O3, and TiO2) on the viscosity and stability of the scleroglucan (SG). The thickening effect of the SG solution was improved by adding all NPs due to the formation of three-dimensional structures between the NPs and the SG chains. The stability test showed that the SG + Al2O3 and SG + TiO2 nanofluids are highly unstable, but the SG + SiO2 nanofluids are highly stable (regardless of the preparation method). According to the ANOVA results, the preparation method and standing time influence the nanofluid viscosity with a statistical significance of 95%. On the contrary, the heating temperature and NP type are insignificant. Finally, the nanofluid with the best performance was 1000 ppm of SG + 100 ppm of SiO2_120 NPs prepared by method II. Full article
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