Reactive & Functional Polymers provides a forum to disseminate original ideas, concepts and developments in the science and technology of polymers with functional groups, which impart specific chemical reactivity or physical, chemical, structural, biological, and pharmacological functionality. The scope covers organic polymers, acting for instance as reagents, catalysts, templates, ion-exchangers, selective sorbents, chelating or antimicrobial agents, drug carriers, sensors, membranes, and hydrogels. This also includes reactive cross-linkable prepolymers and high-performance thermosetting polymers, natural or degradable polymers, conducting polymers, and porous polymers.

Original research articles must contain thorough molecular and material characterization data on synthesis of the above polymers in combination with their applications. Applications include but are not limited to catalysis, water or effluent treatment, separations and recovery, electronics and information storage, energy conversion, encapsulation, or adhesion.

Full-length papers, perspectives and review articles will be considered. We welcome cutting-edge, original research within our scope. Modelling and simulation work will be considered only when linked to new or previously published experimental results. Lack of originality and novelty, insufficient molecular characterisation, or poor comparison with the current state of the art are reasons for rejection.

Editorial board


  • Alexander Bismarck
    University of Vienna Polymer and Composites Engineering Group, Vienna, Austria


  • Catherine Branger
    University of Toulon Laboratory of Polymer Materials Interfaces Marine Environment, Bat. X, 83041, Toulon Cedex 9, France
  • Maria Valentina Dinu PhD
    Peter Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania
  • Ke Zhang
    Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, North First Street 2, Zhongguancun, 100190, Beijing, China

Editorial Board

  • Wen-Chang Chen
    National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Peter Cormack
    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Scott Grayson
    Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Wayne Hayes
    University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
  • Richard Hoogenboom
    Ghent University Department of Organic Chemistry, Belgium
  • Shinichi Itsuno
    Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan
  • Fuxin Liang
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Guey-Sheng Liou
    National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Hideharu Mori
    Yamagata University Graduate School of Organic Materials Science, Yonezawa, Japan
  • Yukio Nagasaki
    University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Helmut Schlaad
    University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • Brigitte Voit
    Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany

Honorary Editors

  • Steve Rimmer
    University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Yasuyuki Tezuka
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro-Ku, Japan
  • Nicola Tirelli
    The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom