Special Issue "Reviews on Smart and Functional Polymers Collection"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2023 | Viewed by 360

Special Issue Editors

National Engineering Research Center for Advanced Polymer Processing Technology Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Mold, Ministry of Education, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002, China
Interests: polymer processing technology; polymer composites; flow-induced crystallization; oil/water separation materials; polymer blend
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School of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: medical materials; drug carrier; photoelectric materials; ordered nanomaterial assembly
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Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
Interests: microphase separation and self-assembly in multicomponent polymer systems; synthesis and characterization of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) monomers and POSS-containing polymers; shape memory, self-healing, and reprocessing properties of polymers; dynamics of polymers in bulk by solid NMR spectroscopy (1H, 13C, 29Si, 15N and 2H NMR)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Topic Collection aims to collect review articles on advancements in smart and functional polymers. Smart polymers are highly attractive for applications in the fields of biotechnology, biomedicine, biosensors, tissue engineering and medical devices. Functional polymers can be applied in fields such as separation process, energy storage and conversion, data record and storage, and so on.  

This Topic Collection covers all the fields related to smart and functional polymers, but special attention will be given to the following aspects: 

  • Shape memory;
  • Self-healing;
  • Hydrogels;
  • Tissue engineering;
  • Stimuli-responsive polymer;
  • Soft robotics;
  • Actuators;
  • Controlled release;
  • Polymer membrane;
  • Polyelectrolyte;
  • Photoluminescence;
  • Electroluminescence;
  • Photo-electric conversion;
  • Data record and storage;
  • Energy storage and conversion;

Prof. Dr. Xianhu Liu
Prof. Dr. Guang Yang
Prof. Dr. Sixun Zheng
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • shape memory
  • self-healing
  • hydrogels
  • stimuli-responsive polymer
  • soft robotics
  • actuators
  • photoluminescence

Published Papers

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