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Special Issue "Graphene-Based Polymers: From Synthesis to Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 April 2023) | Viewed by 10709
Special Issue Editor
Interests: functional polymers and composites; stimuli-responsive polymers; carbon-based nanomaterials; graphene-based nanocomposites; materials for biomedical applications; biosensors and biointerfaces
Special Issue Information
The integration of graphene with its unique electronic structure into polymer architectures has enabled generation of novel materials and surfaces with enhanced performance in various fields of application. The excellent properties of ultrathin graphene, from large thermal conductivity to exceptional mechanical strength and electrochemical properties, combined with its high specific surface area allow to provide potential solutions for many technological challenges.
This Special Issue on “Graphene-Based Polymers: From Synthesis to Applications” aims to highlight recent studies on the use of graphene to enhance the functional and mechanical properties of polymers for various fields of application (biomedical and biotechnology, electronics and optics, chemical sensing, lightweight space components) in which these integrated materials offer distinct advantages over conventional polymers. For an optimal exploitation of graphene unique properties, physico-chemical and biological modifications of the carbon surface are often sought after to control, at different length scales, the interactions at the interface with the polymer. Surface modifications of the graphene nanosheets may include non-covalent approaches, chemical grafting, immobilization of biomolecules or organic/inorganic nanoparticles, thermal treatments. The ability to prepare graphene dispersions in suitable media to facilitate their combination with the macromolecules is also relevant to create homogeneous multifunctional materials.
Topics of interest for this Special Issue include graphene-based multifunctional polymers and nanocomposites for chemical, biomedical and environmental applications, graphene/polymer hydrogels and aerogels, graphene-based sensors for monitoring of structural integrity and human health, nano-engineered lightweight polymer materials and structures for aerospace applications. Original research articles addressing both experimental and theoretical aspects, and reviews describing the current state-of-the-art are welcome.Prof. Dr. M. Gabriella Santonicola
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 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.
- Polymer synthesis
- Films and coatings
- Surface modification
- Processes and fabrication
- Mechanical and functional properties
- Characterization methods