Polymer Research:

Communicating Current Advances, Contributions, Applications and Educational Aspects

Polymer Science Book Series #2 - Topics

A compilation of the more representative topics is listed below but any proposal based on a different topic will be welcome. The proposed topics for this book include but are not limited to:

Polymerization reactions and polymer synthesis. Modification and functionalization of polymers and surfaces:

  • Chain polymerization: ionic (anionic and cationic), free radical and coordination; living polymerization: anionic, cationic, ROMP, free radical: ATRP, RAFT, NMP...; ROP; Step growth polymerization; Copolymerization...
  • New or improved concepts, (complex) arquitectures; kinetic and thermodynamic aspects; techniques: bulk, solution, emulsion, suspension, plasma...
  • Raw materials for polymers
  • Production of bio-based polymers: polyhydroxyalkanoates, PLA...
  • Supramolecular polymer chemistry
  • Grafting, crosslinking, controlled degradation, additives, polymer blends and alloys, polymer (nano)composites...
  • Click chemistry; Postpolymerization modifications...

Advances in polymer processing:

  • Extrusion:
    - twin screw extrusion, high speed single extruders...
    - blown film
    - extrusion + blow molding
    - reactive extrusion
    - reactive extrusion
    - extrusion thermoforming
    - fiber spinning: wet, melt, electrospinning
  • Injection molding and variations: blow, stretch blow, co-injection, gas assisted, reaction, micro...
  • Thermoforming
  • Rotational molding
  • Compression/transfer molding and composite molding processes
  • Foam Processing
  • Improvements-variations, design, control and process optimization, simulation, troubleshooting...

Polymer characterization:

  • Characterization of polymers and complex polymer systems in solution, melt and solid state. Phase behavior
  • Molecular weight and size characterization: SEC/GPC, light scattering techniques, viscometry, colligative properties measurements, ultracentrifugation, Analytical Temperature Rising Elution Fractionation (ATREF), Field Flow Fractionation (FFF)...
  • Morphology: TEM, SEM, STEM, AFM, SICM, optical microscopy...
  • Chemical structure/composition: FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, ESR spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction...
  • Thermal properties: differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, thermomechanical analysis...
  • Mechanical properties
  • Electrical, magnetic and optical properties
  • Surface and interface characterization
  • Degradation studies

Theory and modelling of polymers:

Theories and computational methods to study the structure, dynamics and thermodynamics of polymer systems (polymers, polymer solutions, melts, blends...) and processes


Practical applications of polymers:

Practical applications of plastics, elastomers, fibers, coatings and paints, adhesives, films and sheets; copolymers, polymer blends and alloys, polymer (nano)composites; supramolecular structures; bio-based polymers; functional polymers: semiconducting conjugated polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers... in the following areas:

  • Energy: fuel cell membranes, polymer-based solar cells, energy storage systems: batteries, supercapacitors, tanks...
  • Environment and sustainability: (bio)degradable polymers, recycling, polymer materials for water purification and waste treatment, polymers for bioremediation, polymeric membranes for CO2-capture...
  • Medicine, pharmacy and health care: drug delivery systems, advanced wound care, hydrogels for medical applications, composites for dental applications, hemocompatible polymers, biomedical implants, polymers used in medical devices...
  • Electronic and information and communication technologies: OLEDs, liquid crystal displays, sensors and actuators...
  • Consumer science: packaging and containers, toys, textile applications...
  • Other applications: transport-mobility, defense, infrastructure...

Formal and non-formal education on the above topics