Functional Multiphase Polymer Blends: Flow Induced Morphology in Complex Fluids and Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 176

Special Issue Editors


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1. DICMaPI, Università di Napoli Federico II, P.le V. Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy
2. CEINGE Advanced Biotechnologies, Via Gaetano Salvatore, 486, 80131 Napoli, Italy
3. INSTM, Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali, UdR INSTM Napoli Federico II, P. le Tecchio, 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy
Interests: thermodynamics; transport phenomena; chemical engineering; rheology; microstructured systems; multiphase fluids; soft matter; intefaces; active matter; time lapse microscopy
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Guest Editor
1. DICMaPI, Università di Napoli Federico II, P.le V. Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy
2. CEINGE Advanced Biotechnologies, Via Gaetano Salvatore, 486, 80131 Napoli, Italy
Interests: transport phenomena; chemical engineering; surfactants; living systems; cellular spheroids; hydrogels; rheometry; viscoelasticity; flow; dissolution; confocal microscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, polymer blends have garnered substantial attention owing to their remarkable versatility and extensive array of applications. Within the realm of this Special Issue, we delve into the intricate interplay between flow-induced morphology of multiphase fluids and the functional attributes inherent in polymer blends, thereby illuminating their potential utility across diverse technological domains.

Polymer blends, alongside other complex fluids, such as emulsions, suspensions, colloids, and liquid crystals, exhibit a diverse spectrum of flow-responsive behaviors. These complex behaviors are primarily shaped by flow-induced processes, including but not limited to phase separation, rheological transitions, and self-assembly. Such processes wield a profound influence, molding the morphology and functionality of these materials to cater to specific applications.

We cordially invite contributions that delve into multiple facets of this dynamic field. These include advancements in constitutive modeling, strategies for optimizing morphology through flow-induced processes, pioneering techniques for characterizing flow-induced morphology at various length scales, innovative applications of multiphase complex fluids, the design and development of materials responsive to external stimuli, comprehensive studies on the flow-induced behaviors and applications of colloidal systems in different industrial sectors, and the exploration of sustainable applications, encompassing green energy and environmental remediation. Moreover, we acknowledge the emergence of green solvents in industrial applications, which introduce new challenges in terms of complex fluid stabilization and processing.

This Special Issue stands as a pivotal platform for the exhibition of the latest discoveries and advancements that are poised to mold the future of polymer science and technology.

Sincerly,
Prof. Dr. Sergio Caserta
Dr. Rosalia Ferraro
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Keywords

  • polymer blends
  • complex fluids
  • flow-induced morphology
  • colloidal systems
  • phase transitions
  • multiphase systems
  • droplets
  • microstructure

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