About this Research Topic
Polymers are extremely versatile materials widely used in a broad range of applications thanks to their lightweight and flexibility. The development of polymer-based composites and nanocomposites, biodegradable, conductive, and other multifunctional polymers, coupled with evolving manufacturing processes, has created custom-made high-performance materials. The great variety of polymer morphologies and properties, resulting from complex phase transitions, also leads to different behaviors in response to several time-dependent phenomena. Therefore, kinetic modelling in polymer science is very important for the processing and property control and has extended to other areas of science and engineering.
This Research Topic aims to present a comprehensive overview of the recent advances in kinetic modelling of polymer phase transitions and time-dependent phenomena in different fields, providing a platform for discussing open issues, challenges, and achievements in the processing and characterization of polymer based materials. This Research Topic intends to include kinetic modeling techniques and numerical methods in different areas and also collect the best insights into the emerging studies of polymer adsorption and degradation in different environments.
This Research Topic welcomes papers (original research articles, review articles, mini-reviews, perspectives) on the recent advances and developments in kinetic modelling of polymer phase transitions and time-dependent phenomena. Suggested topics for the contributions will include, but are not limited to:
• advances in curing processes and curing kinetics of thermosetting resins
• melting and crystallization of thermoplastic polymers
• rheology of polymer solutions and melt
• absorption and diffusion of moisture or solvents in polymers
• polymer degradation
• degradation of micro- and nano-plastics in aquatic environment
• new strategies for recycling or reuse of polymers
• effect of nanoparticles on polymer phase transitions.
Both traditional polymers and innovative polymer-based materials will be of interest for this collection, which may include, but are not limited to:
• thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers
• polymer nanocomposites
• recyclable thermosets
• biopolymer-based nanocomposites
• biodegradable and bio-mimetic polymers
• self-healing polymers
• smart polymers
• nanostructured conductive polymers
Keywords: curing kinetics, crystallization, absorption, polymer degradation, polymer recycling
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