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Smart Polymer Fibers and Textiles: Design and Chemical Mechanisms

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The recent history of clothing is inextricably linked to fiber polymer chemistry, as it has introduced new and additional functionality to clothes, including energy storage, controlled drug release, chemical or physical sensors, nanodevices, and smart healthcare robotics. The research and applications of fibers are directly related to the daily lives of our populace and the development of relevant chemical manufacturing and polymer industries. In light of this, conventional fibers and fiber products can no longer meet consumption needs that skew toward the smart, avant-grade, fashionable, and distinctive. With the help of new polymer chemistry technology, advanced functional fibers with more desired designability and integration features have been explored and developed extensively during the last few years. Advanced fiber-based products such as wearable electronics and high-performance fibers can be employed as a second skin to enhance information exchange between humans and the external environment.

In this Research Topic, we would like to examine what the next generation of fibers--and their fundamental chemical and assembly mechanisms--should be. With knowledge of the physicochemical requirements of smart clothing, we are able to develop advanced fibers with chemical sensors or biosensors, and to understand their chemical kinetics and electron transfer mechanisms, electrochemical properties, and sensing and biometric characteristics.

As such, we welcome contributions that examine (but are not limited to) the following themes:
 • Design and synthesis of new fiber-forming devices
 • Chemistry and assembly mechanisms of fibers and textiles
 • Surface modification of fiber materials
 • Chemical kinetics mechanisms and electron transfer in fiber-based systems
 • Electrochemical properties of fiber materials
 • Fiber-based chemical sensors and biosensors


Keywords: assembly mechanism, surface chemistry, flexible polymer device


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The recent history of clothing is inextricably linked to fiber polymer chemistry, as it has introduced new and additional functionality to clothes, including energy storage, controlled drug release, chemical or physical sensors, nanodevices, and smart healthcare robotics. The research and applications of fibers are directly related to the daily lives of our populace and the development of relevant chemical manufacturing and polymer industries. In light of this, conventional fibers and fiber products can no longer meet consumption needs that skew toward the smart, avant-grade, fashionable, and distinctive. With the help of new polymer chemistry technology, advanced functional fibers with more desired designability and integration features have been explored and developed extensively during the last few years. Advanced fiber-based products such as wearable electronics and high-performance fibers can be employed as a second skin to enhance information exchange between humans and the external environment.

In this Research Topic, we would like to examine what the next generation of fibers--and their fundamental chemical and assembly mechanisms--should be. With knowledge of the physicochemical requirements of smart clothing, we are able to develop advanced fibers with chemical sensors or biosensors, and to understand their chemical kinetics and electron transfer mechanisms, electrochemical properties, and sensing and biometric characteristics.

As such, we welcome contributions that examine (but are not limited to) the following themes:
 • Design and synthesis of new fiber-forming devices
 • Chemistry and assembly mechanisms of fibers and textiles
 • Surface modification of fiber materials
 • Chemical kinetics mechanisms and electron transfer in fiber-based systems
 • Electrochemical properties of fiber materials
 • Fiber-based chemical sensors and biosensors


Keywords: assembly mechanism, surface chemistry, flexible polymer device


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 July 2020 Manuscript

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