Special Issue "Polymeric Soft Actuators"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2017
Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov
Polymer Science, Fibers & Materials, College of Engineering, College of Family & Consumer Sciences, The University of Georgia, 303 Dawson Hall, 305 Sanford Dr, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Interests: polymer synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of polymers; polymer actuators; thin films; fibers; biomaterial; energy storage; smart surfaces; biocatalysis; hydrogels; shape-memory polymers
This Special Issue of Polymers is dedicated to the polymeric actuating systems. Actuators are materials and devices, which are able to change their shape in response to a change in environmental conditions and, thus, perform mechanical work on nano, micro and marcoscales. Actuators find very broad application in microfabrication, microelectronics, medicine and lab-on-chip systems. Among the huge variety of different actuator materials, polymer-based ones are highly attractive due to a spectrum of different properties of polymers. The polymers can be soft (viscoelastic state) and hard (glassy state) depending on their chemical and physical structure that allows the design of soft actuators for handling of soft living tissues and hard actuators for handling of metals. There are many polymers sensitive to different stimuli that allows design of actuators, which can be controlled by temperature, pH, biosignals, light, etc. Many polymers are biocompatible and biodegradable that allows integration of polymeric actuators in living systems and their resorption there. The scope of this issue includes stimuli-responsive hydrogels, shape-memory polymers, liquid crystalline actuators and other polymeric actuating systems. Consequently, this Special Issue aims to reflect the current efforts and progress made in the field of polymeric actuators.
Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as 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 refereed through a 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 monthly journal published by MDPI.
- Polymeric actuators
- Stimuli-responsive hydrogel
- Shape-memory polymers
- Liquid crystalline actuators