Advanced Polymer Processing Processes

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Processes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 April 2022) | Viewed by 2955

Special Issue Editors

Industrial Engineering Department and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Interests: thermal transport in polymers; charge transport in polymers; functional polymers; advanced manufacturing
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
School of Pharmacy, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
Interests: biomaterials; biomedical polymers; biocompatibility; prostheses and medical devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Advanced polymer processing processes are essential for the conversion of advanced functional polymers into high-performance devices and products in the modern lifestyle. Advanced polymer processing processes include extrusion, injection molding, 3D printing, blow molding, rotational molding, compression molding, thermoforming, roll-to-roll coating, calendering, casting, blending, compounding and reactive processing, microinjection molding, nanoimprinting, and beyond. By publishing both the state-of-art theory, modeling, and simulation of polymer processing and the real-world applications of advanced polymer processing processes, this Special Issue, “Advanced Polymer Processing Processes”, will stimulate a broad community (mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, materials scientists and engineers, chemists, and polymer scientists and engineers, among others) to further develop advanced polymer processing processes for creating and producing unique devices and products with desired functionality. 

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Modeling and theory of advanced polymer processing processes;
  • Advanced polymer processing processes for developing polymer-based electronics, optics, and thermal energy storage and conversion devices;
  • Advanced polymer engineering processes for creating polymer-based health, medicine, and biotechnology devices and products;
  • Influence of polymer processing processes on device properties and product functionality;
  • Advanced polymer processing processes for merging themes (e.g., plastic recycling and beyond).

Prof. Dr. Yanfei Xu
Dr. Louise Carson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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. Processes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 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
  • processing
  • theory
  • experimental process
  • physical property
  • device and system functionality

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:


14 pages, 7064 KiB  
Preparation of Microcellular Foams by Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: A Case Study of Thermoplastic Polyurethane 70A
Processes 2021, 9(9), 1650; - 13 Sep 2021
Cited by 3 | Viewed by 1951
In this study, a case study to produce microcellular foam of a commercial thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) through the supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) foaming process is presented. To explore the feasibility of TPU in medical device and biomedical application, a soft TPU [...] Read more.
In this study, a case study to produce microcellular foam of a commercial thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) through the supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) foaming process is presented. To explore the feasibility of TPU in medical device and biomedical application, a soft TPU with Shore hardness value of 70A was selected as the model compound. The effects of saturation temperature and saturation pressure ranging from 90 to 140 °C and 90 to 110 bar on the expansion ratio, cell size and cell density of the TPU foam were compared and discussed. Regarding the expansion ratio, the effect of saturation temperature was considerable and an intermediate saturation temperature of 100 °C was favorable to produce TPU microcellular foam with a high expansion ratio. On the other hand, the mean pore size and cell density of TPU foam can be efficiently manipulated by adjusting the saturation pressure. A high saturation pressure was beneficial to obtain TPU foam with small mean pore size and high cell density. This case study shows that the expansion ratio of TPU microcellular foam could be designed as high as 4.4. The cell size and cell density could be controlled within 12–40 μm and 5.0 × 107–1.3 × 109 cells/cm3, respectively. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Polymer Processing Processes)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop