Special Issues

Polymers publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Polymeric Materials for Applications in the Food Industry submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 19231 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrogels; probiotics; encapsulation; smart hydrogels; nanostructured polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
New Advances in Polymer Electrospun Fibers submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3851 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrospinning; spun nanofibers; polymers; nanocomposite; nanofibrous materials; nanostructures; nanoparticles; functionalized nanofibers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Fibers)
Advanced Biodegradable Polymer Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering II submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2876 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; scaffolds; composites; porous materials; wound dressings; 3D printing; biomedical applications; cell proliferation; biodegradability; tissue engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Porous Organic Polymer Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications
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submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2513 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Processing, Valorization and Utilization of Biomass/Waste-Derived Polymers submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 927 | Submission Open
Keywords: biopolymers; polymers from biomass; polymers from waste; industrial waste polymers; biorefinery; sustainability; valorisation; value-added products and materials; biofuels
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Physicochemical Properties of Polymer Composites
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submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 893 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer composites; polymer composite layers; chemical/laser/plasma deposition/surface treatment methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Polymer Physics and Theory—2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 778 | Submission Open
Keywords: mechanics of polymers; damage mechanics; physics of colloids and macromolecules; static and dynamical properties of polymers; polymer/liquid crystal systems; polymer crystallization; morphological and structural studies in polyolefin
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Rheology of Polymers and Polymer Composites submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 373 | Submission Open
Keywords: self-healing polymers rheology; organic– inorganic hybrid materials; natural polymers and biopolymers; vitrimers; polymer nanocomposites; shape-memory materials; biocomposites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Development and Applications of Composite Materials and Membranes for Water Remediation and Monitoring submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 321 | Submission Open
Keywords: adsorption; composite materials; heavy metals; microorganisms; organic contaminants; polymeric membranes; photocatalytics; sensing; water remediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Membranes and Films)
Printing of Polymer-Based Systems for Medical and Healthcare Applications submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 262 | Submission Open
Keywords: three-dimensional printing; soft-lithography-based printing; scaffolds; implant devices; drug delivery; wearable systems; needles; milli-meter robots; sensors and actuators; hybrid systems (polymers; living; and engineering)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Natural Polymeric Materials: Polysaccharides and Carbohydrate Polymers submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 240 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthesis and characterization of carbohydrate/polysaccharide-based NPLs; structural modifications and functionalization of carbohydrate/polysaccharide-based NPsL; encapsulation processes; drug-delivery systems; polysaccharide-based bionanocomposites; polysaccharide-based hydrogels; polysaccharide-based membranes; electroactive NPLs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Dielectric Properties of Polymer Blends
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submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 186 | Submission Open
Keywords: dielectric properties; heat-resisting property; heat conduction performance; nano-doping; oilpaper; corona resistance; environmental protection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Highly Permselective Nanofiltration Membrane
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submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 172 | Submission Open
Keywords: membrane materials; membrane structure; membrane fouling; organic solvent nanofiltration; water treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Membranes and Films)
Self-Assembled Block Copolymers: Advances, Applications, and Beyond
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submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 150 | Submission Open
Keywords: block copolymers; atomic scale patterning; self-assembly; directed self-assembly; nanofabrication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer Nanocomposites and Their Applications in Device and Construction II submission deadline 21 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3675 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer composite materials; preset (programmable) properties; controlled properties; sensors; polymer (flexible) electronics; self-restoring polymer coatings; polymer films; biofuel cells; biomimetic materials; metamaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Polymeric Materials and Their Application in 3D Printing submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 23 articles | Viewed by 30927 | Submission Open
Keywords: 3D printing; thermoplastic polymers; thermoset polymers; polymeric (nano)composites; additive manufacturing methods and processing; mechanical properties; transport applications; medical applications; rapid prototyping; 3D printing design solutions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Recycling of Plastic and Rubber Wastes
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 20777 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer composites; packaging materials; plastics from electronic equipment and WEE; car  tire recycling; compounding; marker-based and/or automated sorting; re-granulation; thermochemical recycling; end-of-waste criteria of recycled plastic; life cycle and socioeconomic assessment of recycling routes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Synthesis of Polymer Membranes and Their Applications submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 13978 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer membranes; membrane aplications; medical applications; guided bone regeneration; membrane fabrication; bioactive treatment; resorbable membranes; non resorbable membranes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Membranes and Films)
Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Building and Bridge Applications submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10182 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Advance in Shaping Rheological and Functional Properties of Systems Based on Cereal Biopolymers submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 9466 | Submission Open
Keywords: biopolymer; cereal; starch; rheological properties; functional properties; flour; dough
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Failure of Polymer Composites submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9446 | Submission Open
Keywords: mathematical model; numerical and computational methods; experimental method; mechanical behavior; constitutive model; fatigue and fracture mechanics; damage mechanics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Block Copolymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Application
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8990 | Submission Open
Keywords: block copolymer; self-assembly; soft nanomaterial; nanoparticles; film and membrane; catalysis; anticancer; antimicrobial
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Preparation and Application of Rubber Composites submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7625 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface and interface; nanocomposite; rubber blends; functional and intelligent; flexible and stretchable electronics; membranes; recyclable; 3D printing; thermoplastic polyurethane; modeling and simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Advanced Polymeric Scaffolds Applied in the Biomedical Field submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6831 | Submission Open
Keywords: biocompatibility; scaffolds mechanical properties; polymeric scaffolds loaded with other materials; biological tests; cell proliferation; interconnected porosity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Application of Novel Polymer Coatings
edited by Li Yu and Linbo Han
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6777 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface modification; polymer coating; self-cleaning; self-healing; stimuli-responsive coating; super-wettability; biocompatibility; anticorrosion; sensing; oil– water separation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymers and Metals from Nano- to Macro-Scale: Composite Materials and Coatings
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5904 | Submission Open
Keywords: coatings; nanocomposites; functional materials; polymer networks; nanoparticles; interfacial complex; stabilization; microscopy; surface imaging; structure analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Preparation, Structure and Characterization of Polymer/Cement Composites II submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5893 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer; cementitious composites; recycled materials; smart additives; structure characterization; multiscale performance evaluation; numerical modeling; durability; regeneration and sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Development and Application of Polymer-Based Materials for Printable Sensors submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5644 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer ink formulation; printable sensor design; flexible sensor applications; hybrid sensor assemblies; printed multisensing; sensor coatings; polymeric sensor grids
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Functional Biopolymers from Natural Resources submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5513 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomass polymers; new materials from biomass; hemicelluloses; cellulose; lignin; prospects for the development of the market of catalysts for the production of chemicals; characterization of polymer materials; ecology of biomass processing; natural polymer modification; conversion of biomass and its components; calculations of polymer materials; pyrolysis of plant components; depolymerization of natural polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Polymer Sensors: Preparation, Characterization and Applications submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5383 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer-based materials; structural modification; structural characterization; polymer synthesis; concept and creative design of polymer-based devices; electrochemical sensors and biosensors; design of biomimetic polymer-based devices; functional polymeric materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymers for Electronics and Energy Devices
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5048 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymers; perovskite; solar cells; photodetectors; light-emitting diodes; interface engineering; machine learning; computational simulations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Advances in Dental Resin Materials
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4382 | Submission Open
Keywords: dental resins; dental composites; photopolymerization; mechanical properties; shrinkage and stress; dental adhesives; resin cement; functional materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Polymer Degradation in Various Environment Conditions—Experimental Method and Numerical Modeling submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4306 | Submission Open
Keywords: biodegradable polymers; hydrolysis; degradation; mechanical behavior; erosion; mass loss; simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Recent Progress in Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass and Waste Polymers: Innovations and Opportunities submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4240 | Submission Open
Keywords: alternative fuels; renewable hydrocarbon fuels; thermochemical processes; natural and synthetic zeolites; applied catalysis; waste pyrolysis; sustainable valorization; polymer characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Advanced Study on Polyurethane
edited by Jun Xiang and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3848 | Submission Open
Keywords: polyurethane; sustainability; ecological techniques; renewable raw materials; circular economy; innovative applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Canada submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3216 | Submission Open
Keywords: plastics polymerization; polymer processing; polymer characterization; polymer resins and structures; modeling; recycling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovation of Polymer Science and Technology)
Synthesis and Characterization of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) for Sensing Applications
edited by Aziz Amine, and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3142 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecularly imprinted polymers; recognition sites; selectivity; solid-phase extraction; electrochemical sensors; optical sensors; environmental monitoring; food safety; clinical diagnosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Modification and Application of Natural Polymers
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2711 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural polymers; polysaccharide; polypeptide; modifications; synthesis; artificial polymers; functional properties; biodegradable; application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Nanomaterials Template for Organic or Composite Polymers in Biomedical Application III
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2652 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials; composites; nanomaterials; micelles; hydrogels; biodegradable; apatite; drug delivery; slow release; scaffold; tissue regeneration; biocompatibility; delivery; antibacterial; therapy; nanoparticle manufacture and processing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Advances in Applied Lignin Research submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2594 | Submission Open
Keywords: lignin; lignosulfonates; kraft lignin; soda lignin; organosolv lignin; biopolymers; biorefinery; characterization; green materials; green chemicals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Advanced Functional Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2192 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials; nanomaterials and nanocomposite; biofabrication; tissue engineering; drug delivery; bioimaging; biosensors; stimuli-responsive polymers; cell-biomaterial interaction; cell biocompatibility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Polymeric Materials in 3D Printing
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1961 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; 3D printing; smart materials; biomaterials; nanomaterials; composites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer-Based Dielectric Composite Materials for Energy Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1718 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer-based composites; dielectric; energy storage; capacitors; ferroelectric; energy harvesting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Research on the Mechanical Properties of Additively Manufactured Polymers
edited by and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1335 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; 3D printing; materials characterisation; process parameters
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Advanced Polymeric Materials for 3D/4D Printing Technology submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1325 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural fiber-reinforced polymers; bio-based polymers; thermoplastic materials; high-stiffness; polymeric materials; composite materials; photo-curing resins; fused granular fabrication; fused filament fabrication; stereolithography; experimental characterization; failure mechanisms of polymers; smart polymers and composites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Polymer Membranes for Environmental Protection and Biomedical Applications submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1061 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer membranes; porous membranes; non-porous membranes; (bio)fouling; membrane separation; membrane filtration processes; membrane surface modification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Membranes and Films)
Simulation and Calculation of Polymer Composite Materials
edited by , Maja Kuzmanović and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1007 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer composites; polymeric solids; mechanical property; structural morphology; molecular dynamics simulation; finite element analysis; multiscale modeling; constitutive modeling; machine learning; inverse design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Study of Starch in Food Chemistry submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 995 | Submission Open
Keywords: starch digestion; resistant starch; modified starch; starch properties; starch interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Biopolymers in Biomedical, Environmental and Food Applications
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submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 294 | Submission Open
Keywords: polysaccharide; protein; biomaterials; electrospinning; drug delivery; tissue engineering; catalyst; adsorption; food science
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Multifunctional Polymeric Formulations for Sustainable Food Packaging Applications submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 22262 | Submission Open
Keywords: food packaging; active packaging; intelligent packaging; edible polymers; biopolymers; biobased polymers; biodegradable polymers; recyclable polymers; recycled polymers; natural additives; functional properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
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