“Dynamic covalent polymer networks” or “covalent adaptable networks” have received a great deal of interest due to their dynamically reversible, adaptive behaviour in response to certain stimuli. Many dynamically reversible chemistries are being considered to create polymer networks that exhibit different ways to adapt their properties and behaviour in response to a wide variety of stimuli, such as heat, mechanical force or light irradiation. These materials have unique features including self-healability and shape-memory effect, and undergo reversible property changes such as adhesion, wettability or polarity. In general, covalent adaptable networks show remarkably improved (re)processability due to the reversible nature of the crosslinks in the dynamic bonds. In addition to fully reversible polymer networks, also networks showing a partially reversible nature or a reversible dynamic behaviour by way of blended or double network morphologies find applications in similar fields. While their processing and manufacturing may be more challenging, such double networks provide solutions to the disadvantages seen in fully reversible networks.
This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in the field of dynamic covalent polymer networks. We invite submissions from researchers working on the latest breakthroughs in this field. Topics could involve (but are not limited to) novel dynamic chemistries and the characterization of related polymer networks; and processing, manufacturing and evaluation of dynamic covalent polymer networks in specific applications, highlighting the merit of the dynamic nature of the used chemistries. Some specific topics to consider could be the modelling of the dynamic behaviour of the polymer networks, the study of structure–property relationships, the use of biological materials or bio-sourced monomers and polymers.
Dr. Joost Brancart
Dr. Sandra Schlögl
Dr. Sophie Norvez
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