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Special Issue "Self-Healing Polymers, Proteins and Composites"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 16770
Special Issue Editor
Interests: thermodynamic and rheological approaches for polymer-containing systems; conformational characteristics of polymers in solution; viscoelastic behavior of macromolecules in different flow conditions; soft materials—solutions, suspensions, hydrogels; stimuli-responsive (bio)materials; porous membranes; self-assembling phenomena
Special Issue Information
Self-healing is the remarkable ability of living organisms to repair their own damage by themselves. Inspired from nature, the great challenge now is to create and develop polymers and composites with high potential for self-healing, offering alternatives to the current options and moving toward materials with extended service lifetime for various applications. Most of these are innovative (bio)materials with excellent healing performance, such as ionomers, semiconductors, self-assembling systems, hydrogels, micro- and nanoparticles, coatings, films and membranes, capsules, vascular networks, shape memory or stimuli-induced self-healing materials, etc. They are able to spontaneously repair themselves after damage or degradation, recovering structural integrity and functionality by increasing the rate of healing versus the rate of damage.
For this Special Issue, we are looking for articles that illustrate the latest developments in polymers and polymer composites providing a healing response. The discussion can be focused on the following aspects (in addition to any other aspects related to the main topic).
- The state-of-the-art of bio-inspired self-healing materials—lessons from nature for enhancing healing action and limitations for implementation;
- New approaches for self-healing in polymers and their composites—intrinsic and extrinsic self-healing as well as molecular mechanisms and key concepts;
- Characterization of self-healing polymers and materials—triggering and tuning self-healing behavior, recovery properties and assessment of healing, and healing efficiency;
- Engineering self-healing smart (bio-nano)composite materials for various applications in healthcare (hydrogels for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, smart drug-delivery systems, etc.), sensors and actuators, coatings, biomimetics, electronics, self-cleaning textiles, bio-inspired robotics, dental composites, polymer-modified concrete, resins and fiber-reinforced resins, concrete and cementitious composites, automotive industry, aerospace engineering, etc.;
- Self-healing polymer systems as smart materials of the future.
Original research contributions, short communications, discussions of challenges and opportunities, as well as review articles are all welcome.
Dr. Maria Bercea
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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- intrinsic or extrinsic self-healing
- reversible bond formation
- noncovalent or/and covalent interactions
- host–guest interactions
- colloidal composites
- stimuli-responsive polymers
- healing agents
- multiple healing cycles
- continuous step strain measurement
- stress–strain curves
- structure recovery
- dynamic network