Special Issue "Reviews on Progress in Polymer Networks"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 194

Special Issue Editors

“Cristofor Simionescu” Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environment Protection, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, 700050 Iasi, Romania
Interests: polysaccharide modification; bioactive polymers; biomaterials; hydrogels; interpenetrated networks; micro- and nanoparticles (spheres and capsules); hybrid and functionalized nanoparticles for drug targeting; drug delivery; polymer–drug conjugates
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Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Bioengineering, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 700115 Iaşi, Romania
Interests: polymers; hydrogels; biomaterials; tissue enginering; drug delivery systems; nanotechnologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue intends to collect reviews on the aspects of the synthesis, characterization, and applications of crosslinked polymers, and achievements in the field. Polymeric networks can be obtained by either chemical crosslinking (when the crosslinks are formed by covalent chemical bonds) or physical gelation (when the crosslinks are formed by physical interaction).

The applications of polymer networks are extremely varied in different fields of technology, as well as in the field of biomedical or environmental protection, with these materials obviously contributing to the increase in the quality of our lives. This special issue deals with all branches of science, biology, medicine, and technology connected to emerging new research in the field of hydrogels, including but not limited to natural and synthetic chemical hydrogels, physical hydrogels, vitrigels, cryogels, hydrogel characterization techniques, interpenetrating and interconnecting networks with hydrogel characteristics, hydrogels as smart polymers and biomaterials, hydrophilic–hydrophobic interpenetrating polymer networks, homopolymers, copolymers and multipolymer hydrogels, nanogels, composite hydrogels, superadsorbent hydrogels, fast responsive hydrogels, smart hydrogels (stimuli responsive hydrogels), micro/nanoparticulate hydrogels, hydrogel films, hydrogel foams and sponges, biodegradation of hydrogels, hydrogels for drug delivery, enzymes immobilized on hydrogels, medical applications of hydrogels (e.g., medical technology, restorative medicine, diagnostic systems, cancer therapy, drug controlled release, gene vectors, biosensors, contact lenses, membranes, medical implants, and inserts), applications of hydrogels in veterinary medicine, cosmetics, tissue engineering, cell culture, biotechnology, environmental remediation, artificial muscles and organs, computational and theoretical aspects, molecular simulations of hydrogel structures, and much more. 

The scope of the special issue covers but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Covalent networks
  • Ionic networks (ionic gelation)
  • Double crosslinked networks
  • Interpolymer complexes
  • Interpenetration networks (IPN)
  • Semi-interpenetrated networks (semi-IPN)
  • Thermosetting polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Hydrogels—films, particles
  • Applications of hydrogels in cosmetics
  • Biomedical applications of hydrogels
  • Hydrogels in tissue engineering

Prof. Dr. Marcel Popa
Prof. Dr. Liliana Verestiuc
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • chemical crosslinking
  • ionic gelation
  • interpolymeric complexes
  • interpenetrated networks
  • semi-interpenetrated networks
  • gels
  • hydrogels
  • hydrogel micro/nanoparticles
  • hydrogel films

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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