International Journal of Polymeric Materials (Int J Polym Mater)

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: 2.78

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 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 0.00
Cited half-life 4.90
Immediacy index 0.26
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
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: Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) loaded antibacterial micelles were fabricated utilizing the coordinate interaction between silver ion (Ag+) and methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) followed by in situ reduction. This micelle was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic light scattering. The upper critical solution temperature of Ag+-loaded micelles was dependent on Ag+ concentration. The AgNPs were approximately 4 nm in diameter and homogenously distributed in the micelles. The AgNPs-loaded micelle displayed high stability during a one week study and excellent antibacterial activity against gram-negative Escherichia coli and was of acceptable toxicity toward human embryonic hepatocytes.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 12/2015;
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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
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, polyurethane films prepared from the 4,4′-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI), ethylene glycol, and different ratio fructose were used to prepare a novel amperometric pH electrode. Fructose-based films were characterized by FT-IR, DSC, DTA, and TGA. Prepared polyurethanes exhibited suitable T g(°C), good thermal stability and good adhesive properties. The incorporation of saccharides into the PU structure results in a higher crosslinking density and a higher content of hard segments. Furthermore, the behavior of films prepared from polyurethane solutions containing 1%, 3%, 5%, and 10% fructose toward pH changes were examined by normal pulse voltammograms technique and diferantial pulse voltammetry.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(11). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996705
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this work was to obtain a polymeric material aimed at being easily applied in a thin film on an organic substrate for dental applications. A maleic anhydride copolymer functionalized with a urethane derivative bearing methacrylate groups was synthesized, and by its mixing with commercial dental monomers, two light-curing formulations were prepared and investigated. The surface morphology and physicochemical properties of the obtained materials are affected by their composition. An increase of the diffusion coefficient from 0.38 at 3.58 µm2/s (estimated by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) could ensure minimal moisture of an organic injectable paste situated under this polymer film.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(11). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996704
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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: The present study aimed to developing a bone graft material containing poloxamer (P), demineralized bone matrix (DBM), and nano hydroxyapatite derived from bovine bones (NHA) or prepared via synthetic route (SHA). Thermogravimetric analysis indicates P + DBM + SHA composite to be more stable compared to the P + DBM + NHA composite. XRD results revealed better crystallinity in P + DBM + SHA compared to P + DBM + NHA. The SEM show uniform and homogenous distribution of poloxamer and DBM on the porous nano hydroxyapatite matrix. This shows that the composite P + DBM + SHA can serve as osteoinductive materials.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(10). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.977901
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    ABSTRACT: This study involves the fabrication of smooth bead-free gelatin nanofibers by the electrospinning technique. An attempt has been made to understand the change in the morphology of the nanofibers produced with the change in electrospinning parameters with a preliminary in vitro and in vivo evaluation of the nanofibrous mat or the nanomat. In this study, the electrospinning of gelatin has been investigated by varying several parameters such as applied voltage, flow rate, solvent composition, and gelatin concentration. Cell culture studies and histopathological studies suggest that the gelatin nanomat is biocompatible and shows signs of resconstruction in a week with no deleterious effects.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(10). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.977898
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    ABSTRACT: A novel approach is presented for the synthesis of thermoresponsive and pH-sensitive magnetic nanohydrogels by using the biodegradable starch-maleate as a crosslinker and magnetic nanoparticles stabilizer. Chemically modified starch-maleate produces highly stable Fe3O4 magnetic nanopaticles (MNPs) aqueous dispersion. Then, N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) and itaconic acid (IA) are successfully polymerized from the vinyl double bonds of the starch-maleate-MNPs to prepare the thermo- and pH-responsive magnetic nanohydrogels. The obtained PNIPAAm-g-(starch-MNPs) and (PNIPAAm-co-IA)-g-(starch-MNPs) nanohydrogels are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Also, pH- and temperature-responsive behaviors of the synthesized magnetic nanohydrogels are investigated and, finally, the cytotoxicity and drug loading are examined with mitoxantrone (MTX) as an anticancer drug model. The results confirm the low toxicity and enhanced anticancer effect of MTX-loaded magnetic nanohydrogels.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 10/2015; 64(10). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.996703
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fibers were modified through an effective cross linking method. Adequate porosity and surface area are widely recognized as important parameters in the design of scaffolds for tissue engineering and therefore measurement of porosity is very important. Herein, porosity measurement of various surface layers of scaffold was done through a new method, and image analysis was used for this purpose. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs of nanofibrous scaffolds were converted to binary images using different thresholds and porosity of scaffold was measured in various layers. In addition, for ascertaining of cross linking of the PVA nanofibrous scaffolds, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis was employed. Also, the In Vitro biodegradability of the nanofibrous scaffold was evaluated. The PVA crosslinked nanofibrous scaffold was found to exhibit the most balanced properties to meet all the required specifications for nerve tissue and was used for In Vitro culture of nerve stem cells (PC12 cells). Finally, the results of the swelling behavior of the samples revealed that the cross linked PVA scaffold has a strong swelling about 450%.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(9). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.977893
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm), propyl acrylic acid (PAAC), and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-undecylenic acid) acrylamide were introduced to synthesize PNIPAAm-based nanogels (NG). The morphology of NG particles was characterized via transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanogels exhibited a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of 34°C and a temperature-induced drug release in vitro. After conjugation of arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD)–containing peptide (GRGDS), the cellular uptake of doxorubicin (Dox)-loaded nanogel by HeLa cells had been greatly enhanced. The Dox molecules in endocytosed nanogels could be released efficiently at 37°C and subsequently kill tumor cells, suggesting that the nanogel has great potential for targeting delivery.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(8). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.958827
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    ABSTRACT: This study describes the development of an alternative conducting polymer for organic photovoltaic cell application. Chemical structure of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) was modified by two reactions, dehydrochlorination followed by fullerenation. The aim of this work was to explore the feasibility of using this chemically modified PVC (C60-g-DHPVC) as an electron acceptor phase in ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:acceptor/TiOx/Al bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell. From the result, it was found that the power conversion efficiency of the BHJ cell employing PCBM as an electron acceptor alone increased from 0.5% to the maximum value of 1.34%, after the addition of C60-g-DHPVC.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(8). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.958826
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    ABSTRACT: The article describes solvent induced preparation of polystyrene microcapsules from freeze-dried microreactors. An aqueous suspension of microreactors was exposed to a plasticizing solvent for a defined time period. Plasticizer molecules surround the polymer chains and repel the water molecules. It results in the movement of the monomers toward each other. The process leads to formation of microcapsules with a core-shell structure. For proof of concept, four plasticizing solvents, namely 1,4-dioxane, toluene, dichloromethane, and chloroform, were studied for annealing of the hollow particles. It was concluded that chloroform was the best plasticizer in terms of transforming microreactors into microcapsules.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(8). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.958825
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    ABSTRACT: The facial cleansing products segment has grown over the years and most surfactant-based systems do not retain many of the active ingredients on the skin. Development of a positively charged vesicle as the delivery vehicle for personal cleansing products is based on the negatively charged nature of the skin surface. Chitosan has the potential to be used as a vesicle to encapsulate active ingredients and can be used in facial formulations that are based on amphoteric surfactant with or without the addition of nonionic surfactant. This review briefly summarizes the potential of chitosan nanoparticles as the delivery system in facial cleansing formulations.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(8). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.958832
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    ABSTRACT: Micro- and nanoengineering of materials offer novel technologies and serve as an interface between material sciences and biomedical nanotechnology. Various techniques are used for the engineering of polymers, and it allows the precise orientation of biomolecules with designed nanoregions in a substrate, with defined sizes and continuity offering well featured substrate topographies. Methods such as the electron beam lithography coupled with microcontact printing have been applied for the fabrication of high resolution surface features that are smaller than the size of a cell. This review elaborates more deeply on the different methods used for the fabrication of patterned surfaces such as the photolithography, electron beam lithography, microcontact printing, soft lithography, capillary force lithography, and patterning of electrospun fibers. The nanoengineered substrates may have the ability to influence the differentiation of stem cells to specific lineages and here we survey a few details on the influence of surface topology and its potential for tissue regeneration.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(7). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.945207
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    ABSTRACT: The study investigated the use of composite of conducting poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) and temperature responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) nanofibers as scaffold for tissue engineering application. The nanofibers of PNIPAm and PEDOT-PNIPAm composite were fabricated using electrospinning technique. FTIR was used to check the chemical structure of the composite while the conducting nature of the composite material was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry. The average diameter of the PNIPAm and the composite nanofibers was investigated by using scanning electron microscopy, which indicates that the composite has some what more average diameter than the PNIPAm nanofibers alone. The biocompatibility of the material was studied by seeding L929 fibroblast cells on the nanofibers surface. It was seen that PEDOT-PNIPAm composite nanofibers shows highest cell growth and % live of around 98% indicating the use of these nanofibers as scaffold for the tissue engineering application.
    International Journal of Polymeric Materials 09/2015; 64(7). DOI:10.1080/00914037.2014.945204