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Themed collection Polymer Self-Assembly

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Editorial

Polymer self-assembly: a web themed issue

Guest editors Feihe Huang, Rachel O'Reilly and Steven C. Zimmerman introduce this web collection highlighting recent achievements in the field of polymer self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: Polymer self-assembly: a web themed issue
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Cooperative self-assembly of porphyrins with polymers possessing bioactive functions

This review covers recent research on design strategies for the cooperative self-assembly of porphyrins with polymers and its implementation as bioactive assembly.

Graphical abstract: Cooperative self-assembly of porphyrins with polymers possessing bioactive functions
Feature Article

Enzyme-responsive polymer assemblies constructed through covalent synthesis and supramolecular strategy

Enzyme-responsive polymer assemblies have continually gained progress through the introduction of new enzymes and the development of new strategies for their preparation. In addition, kinetic studies will pave the way for tuning the response rate in a controlled manner.

Graphical abstract: Enzyme-responsive polymer assemblies constructed through covalent synthesis and supramolecular strategy
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Antibacterial polymeric nanostructures for biomedical applications

A topical review on recent advances in the research and applications of antimicrobial polymeric nanostructures, such as silver-decorated polymeric nanostructures, and polymeric micelles and vesicles based on antimicrobial polymers and antimicrobial peptides.

Graphical abstract: Antibacterial polymeric nanostructures for biomedical applications
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Threaded macromolecules as a versatile framework for biomaterials

In this feature article, the recent progress in biomaterial application of threaded macromolecules including polyrotaxanes such as drug delivery and gene delivery is described.

Graphical abstract: Threaded macromolecules as a versatile framework for biomaterials
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Self-assembly of random copolymers

The versatility of random copolymer based self-assembly to provide diverse morphologies and their utility are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of random copolymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Self-assembly and applications of poly(glycidyl methacrylate)s and their derivatives

Poly(glycidyl methacrylate)s self-assembled to form micelles, capsules, hybrid materials and nanoparticles, showing applications in drug and gene vectors, solubilizing agents, etc.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly and applications of poly(glycidyl methacrylate)s and their derivatives
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Ferrocene-based supramolecular structures and their applications in electrochemical responsive systems

In the field of electrochemical stimuli, ferrocene and its derivatives were widely studied with different host molecules, mainly including cyclodextrin, cucurbituril, pillararene and calixarene. This article generally summarizes the recent work regarding the host–guest interactions between ferrocene derivatives and their host molecules, as well as various supramolecular systems based on these interactions.

Graphical abstract: Ferrocene-based supramolecular structures and their applications in electrochemical responsive systems
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Pillararene-based supramolecular polymers: from molecular recognition to polymeric aggregates

This Feature Article covers recent research endeavors of the marriage between pillararene-based host–guest pairs and supramolecular polymeric assemblies.

Graphical abstract: Pillararene-based supramolecular polymers: from molecular recognition to polymeric aggregates
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Dendronized supramolecular polymers

Supramolecular polymers from dendritic motifs combine the dynamic nature of supramolecular construction and inherent features from covalent dendronized polymers.

Graphical abstract: Dendronized supramolecular polymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Self-assembly of supramolecularly engineered polymers and their biomedical applications

Self-assembly behavior of supramolecularly engineered polymers and their biomedical applications have been summarized.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of supramolecularly engineered polymers and their biomedical applications
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Block copolymer self-assembly controlled by the “green” gas stimulus of carbon dioxide

CO2 can act as a “green” stimulus to precisely tune the self-assembly of block copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Block copolymer self-assembly controlled by the “green” gas stimulus of carbon dioxide
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Noncovalent interaction-assisted polymeric micelles for controlled drug delivery

Various individual or synergistic noncovalent interactions were employed to mediate polymeric micelles for controlled drug delivery.

Graphical abstract: Noncovalent interaction-assisted polymeric micelles for controlled drug delivery
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Nanoassemblies driven by cyclodextrin-based inclusion complexation

Nanoassemblies driven by cyclodextrin-based inclusion complexation as functional nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Nanoassemblies driven by cyclodextrin-based inclusion complexation
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Protein-based supramolecular polymers: progress and prospect

This feature article highlights recent advances and future trends in protein-based supramolecular polymers that are formed by various non-covalent interactions.

Graphical abstract: Protein-based supramolecular polymers: progress and prospect
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Feature Article

Multiple interfaces in self-assembled breath figures

Progress in the breath figure method is reviewed by emphasizing the role of the multiple interfaces and the applications of honeycomb films in separation, biocatalysis, biosensing, templating, stimuli-responsive surfaces and adhesive surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Multiple interfaces in self-assembled breath figures
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Quantifying chloride binding and salt extraction with poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymers bearing aryl-triazoles as anion receptor side chains

Copolymers of methyl methacrylate and aryl-triazole based anion receptors were quantitatively analyzed.

Graphical abstract: Quantifying chloride binding and salt extraction with poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymers bearing aryl-triazoles as anion receptor side chains
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Open Access Communication

Dual effect of thiol addition on fluorescent polymeric micelles: ON-to-OFF emissive switch and morphology transition

Reaction with a thiol causes solution-state self-assembled block copolymer nanoparticles to undergo a simultaneous morphology transition from micelles to vesicles coupled to an ON-to-OFF switch in particle fluorescence.

Graphical abstract: Dual effect of thiol addition on fluorescent polymeric micelles: ON-to-OFF emissive switch and morphology transition
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Multivalent hydrogen bonding block copolymers self-assemble into strong and tough self-healing materials

ABA triblock copolymers with glassy PMMA middle blocks and dynamic hydrogen bonding terminal blocks self-assemble into nanocomposites having an excellent combination of mechanical strength and self-healing capability.

Graphical abstract: Multivalent hydrogen bonding block copolymers self-assemble into strong and tough self-healing materials
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Bicomponent hydrogen-bonded nanostructures formed by two complementary molecular Landers on Au(111)

One- and two-dimensional structures formed by two Lander molecules on Au(111) via 3D-optimized or complementary triple H-bonding are studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and rationalized by numerical calculations.

Graphical abstract: Bicomponent hydrogen-bonded nanostructures formed by two complementary molecular Landers on Au(111)
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Open Access Communication

Transforming polyethylenimine into a pH-switchable hydrogel by additional supramolecular interactions

Polyethylenimine, a liquid polymer, can be transformed into a dual pH-responsive hydrogel upon functionalization with a self-complementary zwitterion which introduces additional supramolecular crosslinks, but only around neutral pH.

Graphical abstract: Transforming polyethylenimine into a pH-switchable hydrogel by additional supramolecular interactions
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Construction of supramolecular hyperbranched polymers via the “tweezering directed self-assembly” strategy

A bis-alkynylplatinum(II) terpyridine tweezer–alkynylgold(III) diphenylpyridine guest is shown to maintain a specific complexation in the presence of a B21C7–secondary ammonium salt recognition motif, which facilitates the formation of supramolecular hyperbranched polymers via a “tweezering directed self-assembly” strategy.

Graphical abstract: Construction of supramolecular hyperbranched polymers via the “tweezering directed self-assembly” strategy
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

pH-responsive inorganic–organic hybrid supramolecular hydrogels with jellyfish-like switchable chromic luminescence

A novel hybrid hydrogel, based on electrostatic co-assembly of polyoxometaltate and the ABA triblock copolymers shows both sol–gel transition and luminescence variation in response to pH change.

Graphical abstract: pH-responsive inorganic–organic hybrid supramolecular hydrogels with jellyfish-like switchable chromic luminescence
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Open Access Communication

Nucleobase-functionalized ABC triblock copolymers: self-assembly of supramolecular architectures

RAFT polymerization afforded acrylic ABC triblock copolymers with self-complementary nucleobase-functionalized external blocks and a low-Tg soft central block.

Graphical abstract: Nucleobase-functionalized ABC triblock copolymers: self-assembly of supramolecular architectures
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Controllable aggregation-induced emission based on a tetraphenylethylene-functionalized pillar[5]arene via host–guest recognition

A novel TPE-functionalized pillar[5]arene (TPEP5) was successfully synthesized, and the motion of the TPE motif was restricted via pillararene-based host–guest recognition-mediated cross-linking, resulting in the efficient “turn-on” of fluorescence emission based on the AIE mechanism.

Graphical abstract: Controllable aggregation-induced emission based on a tetraphenylethylene-functionalized pillar[5]arene via host–guest recognition
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

A CO2- and temperature-switchable “schizophrenic” block copolymer: from vesicles to micelles

The block copolymers self-assemble in aqueous solution and the polymer assemblies undergo “schizophrenic” micelle to vesicle morphological transition under CO2 and temperature as triggers.

Graphical abstract: A CO2- and temperature-switchable “schizophrenic” block copolymer: from vesicles to micelles
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Temperature-responsive telechelic dipalmitoylglyceryl poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) vesicles: real-time morphology observation in aqueous suspension and in the presence of giant liposomes

Telechelic dipalmitoylglyceryl PNIPAM vesicles fuse at the CP and form hybrid vesicles with phospholipid liposomes.

Graphical abstract: Temperature-responsive telechelic dipalmitoylglyceryl poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) vesicles: real-time morphology observation in aqueous suspension and in the presence of giant liposomes
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

A complex of poly(4-vinylpyridine) and tolane based hemi-phasmid benzoic acid: towards luminescent supramolecular side-chain liquid crystalline polymers

A luminescent supramolecular polymer based on P4VP and a tolane based hemi-phasmid benzoic acid forms Sm and Colh phases at different compositions and the luminescent properties depend on the phase structures.

Graphical abstract: A complex of poly(4-vinylpyridine) and tolane based hemi-phasmid benzoic acid: towards luminescent supramolecular side-chain liquid crystalline polymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Large-scale dissipative particle dynamics simulations of self-assembled amphiphilic systems

GPU-accelerated dissipative particle dynamics has been explored to probe the self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules in a soft confined environment.

Graphical abstract: Large-scale dissipative particle dynamics simulations of self-assembled amphiphilic systems
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Tuning the thermosensitive properties of hybrid collagen peptide–polymer hydrogels

Collagen peptide, PEG-based hydrogels with tuneable thermosensitive properties are validated as stimuli-responsive materials.

Graphical abstract: Tuning the thermosensitive properties of hybrid collagen peptide–polymer hydrogels
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

A series of blue supramolecular polymers with different counterions for polymer light-emitting diodes

A series of blue supramolecular polymers with different counterions based on host–guest interactions were developed for polymer light-emitting diodes.

Graphical abstract: A series of blue supramolecular polymers with different counterions for polymer light-emitting diodes
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Stimuli-responsive blue fluorescent supramolecular polymers based on a pillar[5]arene tetramer

Tetraphenylethene-functionalized pillarenes form stimuli-responsive blue fluorescent polymers and gels with neutral guest linkers, through the formation–deformation of A4/B2-type supramolecular polymers.

Graphical abstract: Stimuli-responsive blue fluorescent supramolecular polymers based on a pillar[5]arene tetramer
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

One-pot synthesis of nanocaterpillar structures via in situ nanoparticlization of fully conjugated poly(p-phenylene)-block-polythiophene

1D nanocaterpillar structures were spontaneously formed during the synthesis of fully conjugated poly(2,5-dihexyloxy-1,4-phenylene)-block-polythiophene due to the strong π–π interactions between the polythiophene blocks.

Graphical abstract: One-pot synthesis of nanocaterpillar structures via in situ nanoparticlization of fully conjugated poly(p-phenylene)-block-polythiophene
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Open Access Communication

“Soldier–Sergeant–Soldier” triblock copolymers: revealing the folded structure of single-chain polymeric nanoparticles

“Sergeant-and-Soldiers” experiments were performed on single-chain polymeric nanoparticles (SCPNs) with an ABA-type triblock architecture that gives information about the folding structure of the SCPNs.

Graphical abstract: “Soldier–Sergeant–Soldier” triblock copolymers: revealing the folded structure of single-chain polymeric nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

The construction of rigid supramolecular polymers in water through the self-assembly of rod-like monomers and cucurbit[8]uril

Two types of stick-like supramolecular polymers possessing rigid backbones have been fabricated through the self-assembly of rod-like monomers and cucurbit[8]uril in water.

Graphical abstract: The construction of rigid supramolecular polymers in water through the self-assembly of rod-like monomers and cucurbit[8]uril
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Dual pH-triggered multistage drug delivery systems based on host–guest interaction-associated polymeric nanogels

The multistage polymeric nanogel delivery systems were constructed via host–guest interactions, which showed tumor acidity-triggered disassembly into smaller nanoparticles for deep tissue penetration, high-efficiency cellular uptake, and intracellular endo-lysosomal pH-responsive drug release.

Graphical abstract: Dual pH-triggered multistage drug delivery systems based on host–guest interaction-associated polymeric nanogels
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Formation of a “pseudosuitane”-type complex between a triptycene-derived bis(crown ether) host and 1,1′-(anthracene-9,10-diyl)bis(N-benzylmethanaminium): a new method for the synthesis of linear polyrotaxanes

Formation of a “pseudosuitane”-type complex based on triptycene-derived bis(crown ether) provides a new method for the synthesis of linear polyrotaxanes.

Graphical abstract: Formation of a “pseudosuitane”-type complex between a triptycene-derived bis(crown ether) host and 1,1′-(anthracene-9,10-diyl)bis(N-benzylmethanaminium): a new method for the synthesis of linear polyrotaxanes
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Synthesis of monodisperse nanocolloidal microspheres with controlled size by vesicle bilayer templating

Uniform PS colloidal particles with controllable size ranging from 60 to 150 nm were prepared on a mass scale by using the bilayers of hyperbranched polymer vesicles as templates.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of monodisperse nanocolloidal microspheres with controlled size by vesicle bilayer templating
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

A photochromic supramolecular polymer based on bis-p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene recognition in aqueous solution

A photochromic supramolecular polymer was fabricated via bis-p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene recognition, showing colour switching and morphology change under alternative UV/Vis light stimuli.

Graphical abstract: A photochromic supramolecular polymer based on bis-p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene recognition in aqueous solution
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Photoresponsive supramolecular self-assembly of monofunctionalized pillar[5]arene based on stiff stilbene

We reported a photoresponsive monofunctionalized pillar[5]arene based on stiff stilbene. Z-1 tends to form self-complexing [1]pseudorotaxanes and [c2] daisy chains, whereas E-1 forms supramolecular polymers.

Graphical abstract: Photoresponsive supramolecular self-assembly of monofunctionalized pillar[5]arene based on stiff stilbene
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Intramolecular folding of triblock copolymers via quadrupole interactions between poly(styrene) and poly(pentafluorostyrene) blocks

The self-assembly of a synthetic triblock copolymer was used to mimic the β-hairpin formation.

Graphical abstract: Intramolecular folding of triblock copolymers via quadrupole interactions between poly(styrene) and poly(pentafluorostyrene) blocks
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Towards covalent organic frameworks with predesignable and aligned open docking sites

Covalent organic frameworks were developed to hold predesignable and aligned binding sites on the channel walls for supramolecular architecture.

Graphical abstract: Towards covalent organic frameworks with predesignable and aligned open docking sites
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Communication

Three-component vesicle aggregation driven by adhesion interactions between Au nanoparticles and polydopamine-coated nanotubes

Large-scale and robust vesicle aggregates were obtained through three-component molecular recognition among cell-sized polymer vesicles, carbon nanotubes and Au nanoparticles driven by adhesion interactions between Au and polydopamine.

Graphical abstract: Three-component vesicle aggregation driven by adhesion interactions between Au nanoparticles and polydopamine-coated nanotubes
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
Open Access Communication

A hybrid porous material from a pillar[5]arene and a poly(ionic liquid): selective adsorption of n-alkylene diols

A macro-/mesoporous polymeric network was prepared via ionic complexation between a polymerized ionic liquid and carboxylated pillar[5]arene. It was successfully applied as a selective absorbent for n-alklyene diols.

Graphical abstract: A hybrid porous material from a pillar[5]arene and a poly(ionic liquid): selective adsorption of n-alkylene diols
From the themed collection: Polymer Self-Assembly
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About this collection

This ChemComm themed collection celebrates recent achievements in the development of more complex architectures, exploration of novel building blocks, the reversible assembly and disassembly behavior of these constructs, alongside the development of advanced characterization methods, through to the potential applications of these novel polymeric self-assembles. It covers not only assemblies prepared from polymeric building blocks but also supramolecular polymers made from small organic molecules via noncovalent interactions. The issue is Guest Edited by Professors Feihe Huang, Rachel O’Reilly and Steve Zimmerman. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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