International Journal of Polymeric Materials Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

The recent and projected growth of the polymer industry throughout the world emphasizes the need for the presentation and understanding of reliable polymer property information which can help the designer, fabricator and consumer in optimizing the choice and use of polymers, particularly as engineering materials. The International Journal of Polymeric Materials meets this need. It also is a journal of record and provides a forum on new and old materials. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of mechanisms and the interaction of engineering properties with chemical structure, morphology, processing papers relating to fibres, composites and elastomers included. The journal is interdisciplinary in nature and contributions are made by chemists, physicists, engineers and designers.

Current impact factor: 3.57

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.568
2013 Impact Factor 2.784
2012 Impact Factor 1.865
2011 Impact Factor 1.204
2010 Impact Factor 0.458

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.38
Cited half-life 2.70
Immediacy index 0.63
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.17
Website International Journal of Polymeric Materials website
Other titles International journal of polymeric materials (Online), International journal of polymeric materials
ISSN 0091-4037
OCLC 50720053
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Highly conductive polypyrrole/graphene (PYG) nanocomposite was synthesized with chemical oxidation process via emulsion polymerization and used for the preparation of novel porous conductive gelatin/chitosan-based scaffolds. The effect of PYG loading on various properties of scaffolds was investigated. The obtained results indicated that by introducing PYG into the polymeric matrix, the porosity and swelling capacity decreased while electrical conductivity and Young's modulus demonstrated increasing trend. The in vitro biodegradation test revealed that pure gelatin/chitosan matrix lost 80% of its weight after six weeks in the presence of lysozyme whilst the biodegradation rate was significantly lower for the conductive scaffolds. Furthermore, Schwann cell attachment and proliferation were evaluated by MTT assay and SEM image and the results revealed significant cell biocompatibility of the conductive scaffold with low amount of PYG. The results confirmed the potential of gelatin/chitosan/PYG compounding as a suitable biomaterial for using in nerve tissue engineering applications in which electrical stimulation plays a vital role.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(18). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1038817
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    ABSTRACT: Polyaniline salts containing sulfuric acid and cetyltrimethylammonium sulfate dopants were prepared by aqueous (PANI-Aq), emulsion (PANI-Em), and interfacial (PANI-In) polymerization pathways using cetyltrimethylammonium peroxodisulfate as an oxidative template. Formation of polyaniline was confirmed from infrared and X-ray diffraction spectral results. Value of conductivity (15 S cm−1) of the polyaniline salt prepared by emulsion polymerization pathway was higher with that of the conventional polyaniline salt. PANI-Aq, PANI-Em, and PANI-In showed layered, flower petals, and nanorod and flower petals morphologies, respectively. These polyaniline salts were used as electrode in supercapacitor. Specific capacitance of PANI-Em, PANI-Aq, and PANI-In were 520, 484, and 474 F g−1, which were higher than the conventional PANI-H2SO4 salt (390). Energy density was 26, 24.2, and 23.6 Wh kg−1, respectively at a power density of 120 W kg−1. After 3000 charge-discharge cycles, retention in the specific capacitance values of polyaniline salts was 86% (PANI-Em), 85.4% (PANI-Aq) and 76.1% (PANI-In).
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(18). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1038814
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    ABSTRACT: A closed loop implantable insulin delivery device that delivers insulin to the peritoneum in an automated fashion linked to changing glucose levels has been developed and previously tested in diabetic rats and pigs. The device delivers insulin via a glucose-sensitive gel that comprises of photopolymerized acrylic derivatives of dextran and concanavalin A and acts as both a sensor and controller of the amount of insulin released. In this work the long-term stability of these acrylic polymerized gels and also dextran and concanavalin A mixtures has been shown at 20°C and 37°C by rheological characterization when stored with and without 0.1% w/w glucose. Acrylic gels were found to have a stable complex viscosity for over 730 days at these temperatures indicating that over time they do not undergo degradation. Mixtures and polymerized gels were also dialyzed in the presence of chymotrypsin, which is present in the peritoneum (device implant site) to assess gel integrity across a range of pore size dialysis membranes. Polymerized acrylic gels contained in dialysis membranes of 50 kDa were found to be resistant to degradation over a long time (>500 days). These results show that these gels would be ideal candidates as part of an implantable insulin delivery device.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(18). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1038815
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    ABSTRACT: Candesartan-g-polyethyleneimine-cis-1,2-cyclohexanedicarboxylic anhydride (CD-g-PEI-HHPA, CPH) polymer-drug conjugates based on charge-conversional delivery, enhanced buffering capacity, amidase-triggered drug release, and combined cancer chemotherapy strategies were successfully synthesized for simultaneous and effective codelivery of CD and paclitaxel (PTX) to treat cervical cancer. The CPH polymer-drug conjugates could self-assemble into core-shell structure micelle of around 100 nm in diameter with negative surface charge and were employed to load PTX to formulate binary drug delivery system. The CPH polymeric micelles could mediate quick endosomal escape and amidase-responsive drug-release manners. In vitro cytotoxicity and in vivo investigations confirmed CPH binary drug delivery system exerted strong antitumor efficacy.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(18). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1038819
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to develop a blend of nanofibrous poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV)=gelatin substrate for limbal stem cell (LSC) expansion that can serve as a potential alternative substrate to replace human amniotic membrane. The human Limbus stem cell was used to evaluate the biocompatibility of substrates (nanofibrous scaffold, and human amniotic membrane) based on their phenotypic profile, viability, proliferation, and attachment ability. Biocompatibility results indicated that the all substrates were highly biocompatible, as LSCs could favorably attach and proliferate on the nanofibrous surface. Microscopic figures showed that the human LSCs were firmly anchored to the substrates and were able to retain a normal corneal stem cell phenotype. Microscopic analyses illustrated that cells infiltrated the nanofibers and successfully formed a three-dimensional corneal epithelium, which was viable for two weeks. Immunocytochemistry (ICC) and real time–PCR results revealed no change in the expression profile of LSCs grown on nanofibrous substrate when compared to those grown on human amniotic membrane. In addition, electrospun nanofibrous PHBV substrate provides not only a milieu supporting LSCs expansion, but also serves as a useful alternative carrier for ocular surface tissue engineering and could be used as an alternative substrate to amniotic membrane.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(17):879-887. DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1030658
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    ABSTRACT: Polyelectrolyte hybrid hollow microspheres with sandwich structure of about 450 nm have been accomplished by layer-by-layer self-assembling of two modified ferroferric oxide nanoparticles, lysine modified ferroferric oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4-LYs) and citrate modified ferroferric oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4-CA), as the main assembling materials via electrostatic interaction for the first time. They are superparamagnetic with saturation magnetization of 45.69 emu/g, revealing their high magnetic content of 70%. As drug delivery system, they also exhibited pH-stimuli responsive controlled release of an anticancer drug doxorubicin, following the Fickian diffusion model. Their unique structure and high magnetic content make them good candidate for targeted delivery.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(16). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1030656
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    ABSTRACT: A series of QPPO/palygorskite composite membranes were successfully synthesized via brominated, quaternization, and alkalization. The membranes are accordingly cast from their CCl3H solutions, and fully characterized by determining the ion-exchange capacity, water uptake, thermal stabilities, hydroxide ion conductivity, and mechanical properties. The experimental results show that the membrane from QPPO/6%palygorskite has good mechanical, chemical stabilities and thermal stabilities together with high hydroxide ion conductivity (21.5 mS cm−1) at 80°C under 100% relative humidity. The composite membranes also possess excellent thermal stabilities and hydroxide ion conductivity. In this respect, they are potential and promising anion conducting membrane material for AEM full cell applications.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015; 64(16). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2015.1030653
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, novel composite bandages were prepared by electrospinning chitosan nanofibers on 100% cotton substrate fabric. In the composite bandages, chitosan nanofiber web serves as a primary wound dressing whereas cotton substrate as a backing material. Cotton substrate was given plasma pretreatment and composite bandages were given plasma posttreatment to improve the durability of composite bandages and adhesion between nanofiber and cotton substrate layers. The adhesion of the nanofibers to the substrates was assessed by qualitative and quantitative techniques. Plasma pretreatment of the substrate with 100% helium and 99% helium/1% oxygen plasmas showed up to four times increase in force required to peel off the nanofiber layer. Even more increase in adhesion was obtained when composite bandages were given plasma pretreatment to substrate as well as posttreatment to composite bandages. Storage modulus, glass transition temperature, and crystallinity of untreated He and He/O2-plasma treated chitosan nanofiber web were studied to observe the effect of plasma treatment on the chitosan nanofibers using dynamic mechanical analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and wide angle X-ray diffraction, respectively. To understand the mechanism of improved adhesion, surface elemental analysis of plasma treated chitosan nanofibers and cotton substrate was carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 11/2015; 64(14). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.1002098
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we prepared photo-crosslinked modified HAP (hydroxy apatite)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite nanofiber scaffold for cell growth applications. HAP was synthesized and then modified with 4-vinylbenzene boronic acid (VBBA) to obtain 4-VBBA-HAP. By means of the simultaneous UV electrospinning technique 4-VBBA-HAP/PVA composite was obtained. The structure and morphology of electrospun membranes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technique. Nanofibers were treated with collagen solution via the spraying method. For the cell culture applications ECV304 and SAOS cells were seeded on the chosen electrospun fibrous scaffolds.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 11/2015; 64(14). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.1002130
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    ABSTRACT: To increase the efficacy of doxorubicin in induction of apoptosis, pH-responsive nanocarriers with an average particle size of 20 nm by using chitosan-polymethacrylic acid (CTS-PMAA) shells and Fe3O4 cores via in situ polymerization approach were synthesized. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) was loaded effectively to nanocarrier through electrostatic interactions and strong hydrogen banding. The cumulative release of DOX-loaded nanoparticles was pH dependent with a maximum release rate at pH 5.8. In vitro cytotoxicity assay revealed the biocompatibility of blank nanocarrier and superior anticancer performance of DOX-loaded nanoparticles verified by DAPI staining and MTT assay tests.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 11/2015; 64(14). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.1002129
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    ABSTRACT: To achieve a tumor-targeted drug delivery system for photodynamic therapy, we designed ligand-mediated nanoparticles with stable formulations of a hydrophobic photosensitizer. Folic acid (FA)-conjugated amphiphilic block copolymers of PEG and poly-β-benzyl-L-aspartate with the potential to act as pH-sensitive drug release reservoirs were synthesized. The photosensitizer was conjugated to the copolymers through pH-sensitive hydrazone (Hyd) linkages. The FA-PEG-P(Asp-Hyd)-Pheo nanoparticles had average diameters of 76–217 nm. The pH-dependent photosensitizer release property may ensure intracellular drug release inside tumor cells due to the lower pH inside the endosomes and lysosomes of tumor cells. The FA-PEG-P(Asp-Hyd)-Pheo nanoparticles demonstrated marked phototoxicity and minimal dark toxicity.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 11/2015; 64(14). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.1002131
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    ABSTRACT: It is generally accepted that three-dimensional (3D) cell culture systems better represent cell physiology and morphology than two-dimensional (monolayer) cell cultures. The aim of this work was to develop a 3D model that could efficiently evaluate polymeric materials biocompatibility using polybutylcyanoacrylate nanoparticles (PBCA-NP). Normal human fibroblasts and melanoma cells were cultured both in monolayer and on type I collagen matrix. Trypan blue and MTT assays were used to evaluate PBCA-NP cytotoxicity, which was shown to be dose- and time-dependent to all cell types. These results were confirmed by cell death analysis with flow cytometry. There is evidence that treatment with PBCA-NP in concentrations close to the IC50 inhibit autophagy in fibroblasts and melanoma cells when cultured in monolayer, but this response could not be observed in the 3D system. These findings strongly suggest that PBCA-NP can modify cell response depending on the concentration used and the conditions of cell culture.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 11/2015; 64(13). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.1002097
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    ABSTRACT: Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) particles have attracted increasing interest due to mechanical properties, chemical stability, electrical features, thermal stability, and good lubrication property. In this work hexagonal boron nitride were used as inorganic fillers, which increase the mechanical and thermal stabilities of the membrane. The proton conducting polymer membranes were prepared by blending of sulfonated polysulfone, polyvinyl phosphonic acid, and boron nitride. Scanning electron microscopy indicated the homogeneous distribution of hBN nanoparticles in the polymer matrix. hBN increased the proton conductivity and in the anhydrous state the maximum proton conductivity was determined as 7.9 × 10−3 S/cm at 150°C for PVPA-SPSU-5hBN.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 11/2015; 64(13). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.1002094
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    ABSTRACT: P(AN-co-VAc)/Fe2O3 core-shell nanocapsules were synthesized by miniemulsion polymerization and P(AN-co-VAc)/Fe2O3@PEDOT core-shell structure was constituted by oxidative polymerization. Homogeneous nanofibers were obtained from the core-shell nanocapsules. Characterizations were performed by XRD, GPC, UV-vis, and FTIR-ATR. SEM, AFM, and TEM. Molecular weight and Tg of the nanocapsules were effected by the increase in γ-Fe2O3 NPs. Nanofiber resistance (Rnfb) drastically decreased from 2700 to 110 kΩ.cm2 by the inclusion of γ-Fe2O3 NPs into the nanocapsules 8.3 kΩ.cm2 obtained after coating with PEDOT. The electrochemical Impedance results were fitted to models of [R (Q(R (CR)))] and [R (Q(R (QR)))], respectively.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(11). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996709
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    ABSTRACT: Organophilic montmorillonite (OMMT) was synthesized by cationic exchange between Na+-MMT and N-octyl-N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidonium bromide. Chitosan graft copolymer nanocomposites were synthesized by grafting N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone onto chitosan in aqueous acetic acid in the presence of OMMT using free radical polymerization. The chemical structures were verified by FTIR. Scanning electron microscopy showed a surface roughness for chitosan graft nanocomposites. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction confirmed the intercalation of grafted chitosan chains between OMMT galleries. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the thermal stability of grafted chitosan was enhanced by OMMT incorporation. Preliminary studies showed that the nanocomposites exhibited antimicrobial activity compared with chitosan graft copolymer.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(11-11):578-586. DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996707
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    ABSTRACT: With the aim to modulate the flavonoid antioxidant properties, catechin and quercetin were covalently inserted into hydrogel networks by free radical grafting procedure. The effective conjugation of both flavonoids into the polymer chains was checked by FT-IR analyses. Water uptake measurements and calorimetric analyses proved the pH- and thermo-responsiveness. The effect of temperature on antioxidant properties were evaluated as scavenging ability and redox performance, while the determination of the ability to preserve folic acid from UV degradation proved the pH responsiveness. Data show that the matrices are more effective in the swollen than in the shrunken state.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(11). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996708
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    ABSTRACT: In the present work a pH responsive drug nanocarrier based on magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MMSN) and polyethylene glycol-co-polyvinyl pyridine (PEG-co-PVP) was prepared. The core-shell nanocarrier was formed due to electrostatic interaction between protonated polyvinyl pyridine and surface modified MMSN with carboxylate groups. This carrier was used for pH-controllable doxorubicin release. The maximum release was occurred at pH 5.5 (pH of endosomes). This carrier was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscope, and high-resolution transmission electron microscope techniques. Also the zeta potential value and dynamic light scattering were measured. All characterizations confirmed the core-shell structure of the drug nanocarrier.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(11). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996706