Elastomers or rubbers are a special class of polymeric materials, which are characterized by large strain, low modulus extensibility, instantaneous and complete recoverability after removal of the load. Elastomers play a pivotal role in many diverse applications. Functional elastomeric materials and composites thereof are gaining importance recently. Because incorporation of functional moieties or functional additives into the conventional elastomers leads to many important applications, such as self-healing elastomers (SHE), shape-memory elastomers (SME), dielectric elastomers (DE), advanced elastomers in green tyre technology etc. Their development, detailed characterizations and various applications will be primarily highlighted and focused in this special collection. We welcome contributions in those topics.
Kinsuk Naskar, IIT Kharagpur, India
Nikhil K. Singha, IIT Kharagpur, India
1 June 2022
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