Special Issues

Polymers runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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State-of-the-Art Polymeric Surfaces and Coatings submission deadline 3 Dec 2021 | 7 articles
Keywords: surface functionalization; smart coatings; superhydrophobic and superhydrophylic coatings; patterned surfaces; polymeric surfaces; multilayers; structured surfaces
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Membranes and Films)
Functional Biomaterials for Bone Tissue Engineering submission deadline 5 Dec 2021
Keywords: functionalized polymeric materials; biomaterials; polymer engineering; 3D bioprinting; tissue engineering; synthetic and natural biopolymers; decellularized matrix; bone regeneration; osteochondral regeneration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Polymers for Cosmetics and Consumer Products: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications
edited by
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021
Keywords: biopolymers/natural polymers; green polymer chemistry; smart polymers/shape memory polymers in cosmetics and consumer products; advanced characterization techniques— bulk and interfacial rheology and interfacial rheology of polymers; tribology of polymers; film formation; complex coacervation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
The Importance of the Polymer Tissue Interface Biology in Tissue Engineering
edited by Gethin Rhys Owen
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021
Keywords: natural biodegradable polymers; synthetic biodegradable polymers; biocompatibility; chemical surface modification; surface topography; functionalization; surface energy; interface biology; cell substrate interaction; wound healing; tissue regeneration; in vitro; in vivo
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Sustainable Polymeric Materials for Emerging Pollutants Removal
edited by and Martina Ussia
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: Sustainable polymers; membranes; hydrogels; Emerging pollutants; Pharmaceutical removal; Pesticides removal; Water treatment; Nano-plastics treatments; Adsorption; Photocatalysis; Hybrid Materials; photodegradation; Soil remediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Fiber-Reinforced Composites: Innovative Solutions and Advanced Analysis Methods
edited by Enzo Martinelli
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 8 articles
Keywords: fibers; textiles; matrices; experimental tests; design methods; simulation models; durability; sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Ion-Containing Polymer Materials for Separations and Energy Devices
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submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: ionic polymer; polyelectrolyte; anion exchange; cation exchange; polymer membrane; electrolyzer; fuel cells; flow battery; ion transport; separations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymeric Architectures in Water Greening: Challenges, Solutions and Novel Ideas
edited by Ana-Maria Albu
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Multifunctional polymers; Innovative chelating polymers; Novel polymeric bioflocculants; Polyelectrolytes; Polymeric zwitterions; Polymers for the removal of heavy metals; Wastewater treatment; Contaminants removal; Highly specific adsorbents for the removal of pollutants from complex environmental samples; Novel polymeric membranes for water purification and effluent treatment; Cellulose/lignocellulose nanomaterials; Modelling and simulation of chelation/flocculation process of polymeric materials; Water-soluble polymers; Oil sands tailings; Polymer reaction engineering; Polymer characterization; Antifouling materials; Polymeric/composite membranes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Modeling and Simulation of Polymer Nanocomposites submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 10 articles
Keywords: interfaces; polymer conformation; mobility (diffusion); properties modeling; confinement; miscibility; theory; simulation (atomistic; coarse-grained; slip-springs models)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Biopolymers in Protein Engineering
edited by Ye-Wang Zhang
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021
Keywords: Enzymatic degradation; Enzymatic synthesis; Polymers; Purification; Characterization; Cloning and expression; Site-directed mutagenesis; Rational design; Directed evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Single-Chain Polymer Nanotechnology
edited by José A. Pomposo
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: Single-chain nanotechnology; Soft polymer nano-objects; Single-chain nanoparticles; Tadpoles Multi-rings; Dumbbells; Hairpins; Synthesis; Characterization; Theories; Simulations; Applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Physics and Theory)
Advanced Epoxy-Based Materials II
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submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 12 articles
Keywords: thermoset polymers; epoxy composites; nanocomposites; synthesis; functionalization; characterization; electronic packaging; automotive; aerospace
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
MOF-Based Functional Catalytic Materials for Biofuels Production
edited by Zhen Fang and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Bio-based polymers; Biomass and waste valorization; Biofuels and bioenergy; Porous functional materials; Sustainable catalysis; Green processes; Carbon dioxide (CO2); C1 chemistry; Heteroatom-containing compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Polymers for Wastewater and Soil Treatment submission deadline 19 Dec 2021
Keywords: polymers; soil pollution; wastewater; environment; microorganisms; heavy metals; flocculation; sorption; bioremediation; biodegradation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Biomass Molecular Engineering
edited by Xiao-Feng Sun
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: molecular engineering; lignin; polysaccharide; chitosan; starch; hemicellulose; cellulose  ; plant oil; bioplastic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Starch-Based Composites submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: starch; biopolymers; biocomposites; starch-based plastics; nanocomposites; biofilms; renewable sources; bioplastics; biodegradable polymers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Biopolymer Modification and Characterization II
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submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Biopolymers; Biodegradable polymers; Biobased polymers; Biopolyesters; Biomaterials; Polymer from waste recovery; Structure– property relations; Gas barrier behavior; Environmental impact assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
Advanced Polymers for Biomedical Applications submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 17 articles
Keywords: hydrogels; scaffold; drug delivery system; tissue engineering; polymers; natural polymer; biomaterial; synthesis; modification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Exploitation of Polymer Bionanocomposites
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submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Polymers; Bionanocomposites; Bio-based nanoreinforcements; Dispersion; Renewable resources; Structure-property relationships; Advanced applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Polymer Applications in Regenerative Medicine
edited by Wenyao Li
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Polymers; Electrospinning; 3D bioprinting; Hydrogel; Component analysis; Basic research; Clinical application; Tissue engineering; Biomaterial
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer Composites and Sustainability
edited by Zaida Ortega and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Natural fibres; composites  ; biomaterials  ; agrowastes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Application of Natural Fibers in New Materials
edited by , and Roman Fediuk
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Sustainable materials; Composite materials; Natural fibers; Durability; Life cycle analysis; Mechanical properties; Agro-industrial waste.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Circular and Green Polymer Science)
Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite
edited by Dilip Depan, and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 11 articles
Keywords: polymer nanocomposites; mechanical properties; rheological properties; carbon nanotubes and nanofibers; polymer– fiber interphase; degradation and stability of polymer nanocomposites; self-healing polymer nanocomposites; nanoscale characterization of polymer nanocomposites; MD simulations; shape– memory polymer nanocomposites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Polymers for Soil in Agriculture and Urban Landscaping submission deadline 24 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Polymers for soils; Water-retaining polymers; Soil protective polymers; Polymer artificial soil structure; Polymer delivery systems; Polymer biodegradation in soils; Polymer leaching in soils; Amphimphilic polymers and gel structures; Polymer nanostructural organization; Smart polymers for soil design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymer Foams: Processing and Characterization
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submission deadline 25 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: Polymeric foams; Cellular composites; Micro-/nanocomposite foams; Biopolymer foams; Biodegradable foams; Functional foams; Novel foaming technologies; Novel characterization technologies; Modern foam applications; Future foam applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Processing and Engineering)
Epoxy Resin and Epoxy Resin based Polymer Materials submission deadline 25 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: New monomers and formulations; Synthesis and characterization of epoxy polymers; Epoxy functional polymers; Epoxy polymers based on renewable resources; Epoxy adhesives; Epoxy coatings; Epoxy composites; Nanostructured epoxides; Hybrid epoxy polymers; Epoxy– polymer modification; New engineering properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Conductive Polymers: Synthesis and Applications
edited by
submission deadline 25 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: Conductive polymers; Synthesis and characterizations; Biosensor fabrication and applications; Sensors fabrication and applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymeric Synthetic Fibres
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Bioinspired materials; biomimetic; fibers; electrospinning; additive manufacturing; polymer fibers; synthetic fibers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Advances in Porous Polymers
edited by and Irena Pulko
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 8 articles
Keywords: porosity; microporous polymers; macroporous polymers; hierarchical porosity; morphology; polymer monoliths; polymer membranes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Smart Hydrogels in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
edited by Stefan Jockenhoevel and
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers)
Groundbreaking Design of Multifunctionnal Thermosets via Using Ionic Liquids
edited by Sébastien Livi, Jean-François Gérard and
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021
Keywords: Thermosets; epoxy networks; ionic liquids; polymerized ionic liquids (PILs); mechanical properties; functional properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Frontier in Molecularly Imprinted Polymers
edited by Michał Cegłowski
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: molecularly imprinted polymers; molecular imprinting; molecular recognition; functional polymers; functional monomers; selective interactions; separation techniques; solid-phase extraction; drug delivery; sensing; ion imprinting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Plastic and Natural Fiber Materials
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submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: high-performance thermoplastics; natural fiber composites; sustainable composites; thermoplastic composite processing; recycled polymers/composites; thermoplastic foams
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Fibers)
Frontiers in Controlled Radical Polymerization
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021
Keywords: controlled radical polymerization; nitroxides; block copolymers; solid polymer electrolytes; lithium metal polymer battery; microelectronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Poland (2020,2021) submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: polymers; polymeric materials; polymer chemistry; polymer physics; polymer engineering; forensic engineering of polymeric materials
Polymer-Based Nanocomposites: Processing to Advance Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 9 articles
Keywords: Polymer based Nanocomposites; Graphene; Graphene oxide; Carbon nano tube; Synthetic route; Fabrication; Characterization; Properties; Toxic pollutants; Remediation; Environmental applications; Energy Applications; Sensors; Packaging Application; Smart Nanocomposites; Wastewater
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Polymer Energy Storage Materials
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: Polymer-based energy storage materials; Nanostructured polymers for energy storage; Carbon (grapheme; MOFs and MXenes)-based electrode materials; Polymer-based rechargeable batteries; Wearable energy storage devices; Lithium-ion batteries; Na-ion batteries; supercapacitors; fuel cells; Li metal polymer; lithium– sulfur; solid-state batteries
State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Korea (2020,2021)
edited by , , Changwoon Nah, and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: polymer synthesis; functional polymers; polymer processing/composites; polymer structure and property; molecular electronics; biomedical polymers; colloid and molecular assembly; elastomers and fibers
Structuring and Modification of Polymer Systems for Multifunctional Textiles submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: smart coating; textile functionalization; processing structure property; smart textiles; polymer fibers; bio-based textiles; functional fibers; nanocomposites for textiles; nanomaterials in textile functionalization; textiles with improved performances
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polyelectrolytes Are Superheroes
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Polyelectrolyte; Counterion condensation; Membraneless organelles; Drug delivery; Upconversion nanoparticles; Bioimaging; Nanostructures; Adhesives
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Polymer Clay Nano-composites II submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Polymer Composites Polymer Clays Nanocomposites Biopolymers Halloysites Montmorillonite Imogolites Sepiolites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites)
Thermoresponsive Polymers for Nanocatalysis
edited by and Matej Kanduč
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: thermoresponsive polymers; PNIPAM; polymer networks; hydrogels; synthesis; characterization; permeability; diffusion; partition coefficient; nanoreactors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Analysis and Characterization)
State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Taiwan (2020,2021)
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: polymer physics; polymer synthesis; polymer physical chemistry; polymer characterization; covalent organic framework; conjugated polymers; self-assembly block copolymer; conjugated microporous polymers
Functional Polymer Materials for Cell-Based Tissue Regeneration
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: functional polymers; biomimetic polymers; bioactive polymers; biodegradable polymers; cell-based therapy; tissue engineering and regeneration; stimuli-responsive; regenerative medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Hybrid Polymeric Foam Composites
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: advanced hybrid polymeric foam (HPF) composites; HPF composite manufacturing processes; experimental and numerical characterization of HPF composites; mechanical and physical properties of HPF composites; collapse mechanisms of HPF composites; microstructure– properties relationships; applications of HPF composites; HPF composites of renewable resources; recycling of HPF composites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Russia (2020,2021)
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submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Advances in Flame Retardant Polymeric Materials II submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: flame retardants; additives; composites; nanocomposites; coatings; films; fibrers; adhesives; foams; polymerization; reactive extrusion; synergism; flame- retardant mechanism; thermal stability; heat transfer; smoke release; recycling; toxicity; migration; leaching; biodegradation; life cycle analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
New Composites for Medical Applications submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 9 articles
Keywords: biomaterials; dental resin-based composites; nanocomposites; electrospinning; polymer-based composites; wound dressing composites.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Applications)
Polymers for Diagnostics and Therapy
edited by Domenico Larobina and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
Organic Catalyst in Polymer Synthesis
edited by Julien Pinaud
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Organocatalysis; Organocatalyzed polymerization; Metal-free polymerization; Organic base; Organic acid; Dual catalysts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Polymer Chemistry)
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