Materials Science

Smart Materials
Integrated Design, Engineering Approaches, and Potential Applications

Editor: Anca Filimon, PhD

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Polymer-based smart materials have become attractive in recent years due to the fact that the polymers are flexible and provide many advantages compared to inorganic smart materials: they are low cost, they are easy to process, and they exhibit good performance at nano- and microscale.

This forthcoming volume focuses on a different class of polymers that are used as smart materials in the areas of biotechnology, medicine, and engineering. This is owing to the diversity of molecular structures, complex architectures, and physical characteristics. The chapters analyze the experimental and theoretical aspects regarding the preparation, processing, designing, properties, and practical implications of advanced systems from macro- to nanoscales. The book also discusses recent advancements, research, and development prospects about smart materials that provide new solutions for advanced technologies.

The large number of researchers working in the area will benefit from the fundamental concepts, advanced approaches, and application of the various smart materials in biotechnology explored here. The volume will also provide a platform for scientists and graduate students to perform advanced research.

CONTENTS:
Tentative Contents
Preface

Chapter 1. Impact of Smart Structures on Daily Life: An Alternative for Progress toward Revolutionary Discoveries
Anca Filimon

Chapter 2. Engineering Smart Polymeric Materials with Complex Architectures
Ionel Adrian Dinu, Maria Valentina Dinu, Mihai Lomora, Cornelia G. Palivan, and Wolfgang Meier

Chapter 3. Formulations Based on Xanthan for Specific Applications
Cristina-Eliza Brunchi, Simona Morariu, and Maria Bercea

Chapter 4. Smart Behavior of Cellulose Materials for Pharmaceutical Industries
Mihaela Dorina Onofrei

Chapter 5. Porous Particles as Smart Materials
Silvia Vasiliu, Stefania Racovita, Cristina Doina Vlad, Ionela Gugoasa, and Marcel Popa

Chapter 6. Amino Silicones as Active Elements in Detection and Capture of CO2 from the Environment
Alexandra Bargan and Maria Cazacu

Chapter 7. Amphiphilic Polymers Designed for Biomedical Applications
Marieta Nichifor, Georgeta Mocanu, and Magdalena Cristina Stanciu

Chapter 8. Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites Based on PVA for Targeted Applications
Simona Morariu, Mirela Teodorescu, and Maria Bercea

Chapter 9. Surface Engineering of Polymeric Membranes
Adina Maria Dobos

Chapter 10. Polysulfone Membranes Modified with Bioinspired Polymers
Anca Filimon

Chapter 11. Design of Biologically Active Polymer Surfaces: Cationic Polyelectrolytes as Multifunctional Platform to Prevent Bacterial Attachment
Simona Dunca and Anca Filimon


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Anca Filimon, PhD
Scientific Researcher, Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania

Anca Filimon, PhD, is a Scientific Researcher the Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers at the “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in Iasi, Romania, of the Romanian Academy. She has authored over 30 papers for peer-reviewed journals and has written several books or book chapters (as author or co-author). She has participated at several national and international conferences (as author and/or speaker), has led several some research projects, and has acted as a reviewer of several prestigious scientific journals. She is a member of the Romanian Society of Chemistry and of the Romanian Society of Rheology. Dr. Filimon’s cientific contributions include interdisciplinary research for theoretical and experimental substantiations of the processes and technologies at nano-, micro- and macro-scales. These studies have focused on the obtaining of multifunctional materials through the utilization of some polymers with special architectures (synthetic polymers/copolymers with various functional groups and polyelectrolytes, physicochemical characterized by different experimental techniques, such as viscometry, rheology, equilibrium dialysis, interferometry, refractometry, osmometry, and determination of surface tension by contact angle method), including studies concerning the improvement of some properties for predetermined goals and applications. She earned a PhD in chemistry from the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania.




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