Vol. 76 No. 10 (2022): Polymers, Colloids and Interfaces
This special issue is devoted to polymers, colloids and interfaces. The rapidly increasing need for sustainable, high-performance materials and devices requires interdisciplinary research that is at the interface between chemistry, physics, biology, material science and engineering. Polymers, colloids and interfaces are located at exactly this interface. Early- to mid-career scientists responded to the invitation to write comprehensive perspectives on their vision on the fabrication of functional materials using polymers, colloids, and interfaces. This issue includes visions on the use of functionalized polymers as photoswitches to design the next-generation of smart, photo-responsive polymers, the use of block-copolymers and colloids to introduce colors to materials or to render them antimicrobial. It features the interdisciplinarity and breadth of this field and should stimulate thoughts on how to advance it to make a true contribution to the introduction of more sustainable materials, devices, and processes.