Polymers and Polymer Composites

This journal provides an on-going forum for the publication of expertly peer reviewed, international research.

Edited by Professor P Foot, Kingston University, UK
2018, Volume 26, 9 issues per year

ISSN: 0967-3911

Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce that Polymers and Polymer Composites has been acquired by SAGE Publishing as of 19th June 2018.

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This journal is rigorous in accepting papers solely on the basis of novelty and a thorough interpretation of results. Furthermore, in such a fast-moving field, prompt publication is essential, we aim to offer rapid access to new research, developed at the leading edge of both industry and academia.

Since its inception in 1993, Polymers and Polymer Composites has been publishing expertly peer-reviewed, international research into the following topics:

  • Fibre reinforced and particulate filled plastics
  • Engineering plastics, (whether reinforced or not)
  • Nanocomposites
  • Polymers, or polyblends intended for engineering use (including structural, load-bearing, electronic and electrical applications)
  • Fibre reinforced and particulate filled plastics
  • Structural adhesives
  • Textile and wood fibres
  • Biomaterials with a load bearing capacity, (including polymer based dental materials)


About the Editor

Professor Foot has been:

  • Leader of the Materials Research Group, Kingston University London (since 1995)
  • Founding Director, Centre for Materials Research (2008-10)
  • Professor of Materials Science, Kingston University (since 1998)

He is currently supervising 6 postgraduate research students at Kingston University. He has been supervisor of 54 successfully-completed research students (8 as co-supervisor), and of 9 postdoctoral researchers.

Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Materials Research Society
  • Member of SPIE
  • Former member of national committee of MacroGroup UK
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Downland Committee (2014-17)
  • Academy of Finland (Assessment panel member for research grants & fellowships) 2012-13
  • Consultant assessor for the Slovak Research Agency (2012), and for the Sultanate of Oman (2012).
  • Editorial Board member for Energies (2014-), the Journal of Polymers (2012-present) and the Online Macromolecular Journal (2006-present)
  • Member of EPSRC Peer-Review College 1996-present
  • Referee for AHRC research grant proposals in the Materials area
  • Reviewer (Panel of Registered Experts) for EU Framework Programmes 6
  • Consultancy clients have included: Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., Personal Biometric Encoders Ltd., DERA/QinetiQ, Baxenden Ltd., RAPRA Ltd.
  • Lead Academic on a KTP programme with Rayner Intraocular Lenses Ltd. (2013-15)

Research Interests:

  • Organic electronics and photonic materials
  • Conducting polymer synthesis, properties and device applications
  • Biosensors
  • Polymer nanocomposites and polyblends
  • Electrochromic display materials and liquid crystal conducting polymers
  • Evaporable organic semiconductors and OFET devices
  • Smart polymers & nanomaterials for drug-delivery
  • Lightweight composites and bone-replacement materials

The above research has attracted funding totalling about £1.6M from sources such as the EPSRC, MoD, UK Industry, the Royal Society and overseas governments. It has led to about 100 publications, including 8 UK and 10 overseas patents, and some of these are listed below.


Journal Articles

  • B. K. Ghatora, S. J. Barton, P. C. Miller Tate and P. J. S. Foot. "The Effect of Direct Gas Fluorination on Medical Grade Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)" Open Journal of Organic Polymer Materials (2014), 4, pp. 74-83. Published Online October 2014 in SciRes. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojopm.2014.44010
  • R. Vimalarasa, P. J. S. Foot, G. Calabrese, "Evaluation of a Smart Polymer Nanosphere for Potential Use in Anticancer Drug Delivery"; Polymers & Polymer Composites 22(9), pp.753-762 (2014) [ISSN: 0967-3911]; in press
  • H. Torabmostaedi, T. Zhang, P. J. S. Foot, S. Dembele, C Fernandez, "Process control for the synthesis of ZrO2 nanoparticles using FSP at high production" in 'Powder Technology'. DOI 10.1016/j.powtec.2013.05.006. (2013)
  • D. Alero-Koroma, Z. K. Abbas, S. J. Barton, P. J. Foot, "The synthesis and properties of novel conducting polyaniline and poly(nitrile butadiene-co-acrylonitrile)/polyvinyl chloride) blends" in 'Polymers and Polymer Composites', 21(7), Smithers Rapra Technology, pp. 403-412. ISSN: 0967-3911. (2013)
  • H. Torabmostaedi, T. Zhang, P. J. S. Foot, S. Dembele, C Fernandez, "Process control for the synthesis of ZrO2 nanoparticles using FSP at high production rate" in 'Powder Technology', May. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2013.05.006. (2013) Abstract
  • S. J. Barton, P. J. S. Foot, P. C. Miller Tate, M. Kishi, B. K. Ghatora, "The Effects of Gamma Irradiation on Medical Grade Poly(methyl methacrylate)" in 'Polymers and Polymer Composites', 21(1), Smithers Rapra, pp. 1-7. (2013)
  • V Izzard, H. Hadavinia, V.J. Morris, P. J. S. Foot, L Wilson, K Hewson, "Compression and Recovery Behaviour of Polyamide 6-Based Foams" in 'Polymers & Polymer Composites', 20(5), Smithers Rapra, pp. 411-423. (2012)

Recent Book Chapters

  • G. Lambe, J. W. Brown, P. J. S. Foot, Chapter "Liquid crystal conducting polymers" in 'Specialty polymers: materials and applications', Edited by Mohammad, F., Anshan, pp. 1-21. ISBN 9781904798958. (2007)
  • P. J. S. Foot, "Foreword" in 'Specialty polymers: materials and applications', Edited by Mohammad, F., Anshan, pp. v-vi. ISBN 9781904798958. (2007)
  • P. J. S. Foot, A. B. Kaiser, Chapter on "Conducting polymers" in 'Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology', Edited by Kirk-Othmer, R. E., Wiley, pp. 513-551. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/0471238961.0512050318052514.a01.pub2. (2007); under revision (2014).

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