Cellular Polymers

This peer reviewed journal publishes research on every type of foamed polymer, from elastomeric materials to rigid plastics.

Edited by Professor V. Kumar, University of Washington
2018, Volume 37, 6 issues per year

37 years of continuous publication!

ISSN: 0262-4893

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Cellular Polymers is concerned primarily with the science of foamed materials, the technology and state of the art for processing and fabricating, the engineering techniques and principles of the machines used to produce them economically, and their applications in varied and wide ranging uses where they are making an increasingly valuable contribution.

Potential problems for the industry are also covered, including fire performance of materials, CFC-replacement technology, recycling and environmental legislation. Reviews of technical and commercial advances in the manufacturing and application technologies are also included.

Cellular Polymers covers these and other related topics and also pays particular attention to the ways in which the science and technology of cellular polymers is being developed throughout the world.

About the Editor

Professor Vipin Kumar is an Associate Professor and UW Microcellular Consortium Director in the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Washington, Seattle USA.

Prof Kumar has a PhD in Design and Mechanics, Materials & Manufacturing from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards and Honours

• Elected Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, May 2002
• Boeing-Welliver Faculty Fellow, 1997
• Received the Best Paper Award in 1991 from the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for our paper on Synthesis of microcellular polycarbonate. Graduate student John Weller was a co-recipient of this award
• Again in 1995, received best paper award at the same conference for our paper on Semi-Continuous production of microcellular foam sheets. Hank Schirmer of BBS corporation was co-recipient of this award
• Govt. of India Merit Scholar for undergraduate studies, 1965-70
• Nominated for best teacher in ME in 2006
• Nominated for UW Best Graduate Mentor Award 2006


Professor Kumar's professional interests lie in the areas of design and manufacturing, including such areas as product and process design, and characterization and processing of polymeric composites.

His research program focuses on microcellular composites, a family of novel cellular materials expected to be used in a variety of applications in the decades to come. See http://faculty.washington.edu/vkumar/microcel/

He has edited Cellular Polymers for 13 years.

Selected Publications

  • Kumar, V., Nadella, K, Branch, G., and Flinn, B., "Extrusion of Microcellular Foams Using Pre-Saturated Pellets and Solid-State Nucleation", Cellular Polymers, Vol. 23, No. 6, 2004, 369-385
  • Kumar, V., "Phenomenology of bubble nucleation in the solid-state nitrogen-polystyrene system", Colloids and Surfaces, A: Physiochem. And Eng. Asp. 263 (2005) 336-340
  • Nadella, K., Kumar, V., and Li, W., 2005, “Constrained Solid-State Foaming of Microcellular Panels”, Cellular Polymers, Vol. 24, No. 2, 71-90
  • Sarno, E., Kumar, V., and Li, W., "A Hybrid Methodology for Enhancing Reliability of Large Systems in Conceptual Design and its Application to the Design of a Multiphase Flow Station", Research in Engineering Design, (2005) Vol. 16, 27-41
  • Pasricha, Arun, Gregory Wing, Vipin Kumar, and Mark Tuttle, "Effect of CO2 Sorption and Desorption on the Creep Response of Polycarbonate", Poly.Eng.and Sc., Vol. 45 No. 12 (2005), 1639-1644
  • Wang, X., Li, W., and Kumar, V., “A method for solvent-free fabrication of porous polymer using solid-state foaming and ultrasound for tissue engineering applications”, Biomaterials, Vol. 27 (2006), 1924-1929

Free Online Access

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