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Editorial

Emerging Investigators 2018

This themed issue of Polymer Chemistry highlights the work of emerging investigators in polymer chemistry. Editor-in-Chief Christopher Barner–Kowollik introduces the issue.

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3D printing of photopolymers

Recent progress in the photoinitiators and monomers/oligomers of photopolymers for 3D printing is presented in the review.

Graphical abstract: 3D printing of photopolymers
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Review Article

Nitroxide radical polymers – a versatile material class for high-tech applications

A comprehensive summary of synthetic strategies for the preparation of nitroxide radical polymer materials and a state-of-the-art perspective on their latest and most exciting applications.

Graphical abstract: Nitroxide radical polymers – a versatile material class for high-tech applications
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Review Article

Secondary structures of synthetic polypeptide polymers

Synthetic peptide-based polymers can fold into different secondary structures in the same way as do proteins. This review article presents how tuning the polypeptide secondary structure could be a key step to modulate various properties in advanced polymeric materials (size, rigidity, self-assembly, etc.).

Graphical abstract: Secondary structures of synthetic polypeptide polymers
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Open Access Communication

Polymers from sugars and CS2: synthesis and ring-opening polymerisation of sulfur-containing monomers derived from 2-deoxy-D-ribose and D-xylose

Cyclic thionocarbonate and xanthate monomers were synthesised directly from ribose- and xylose-derived diols and CS2, and yielded novel sugar-based polymers with regioregular sulfur-containing linkages.

Graphical abstract: Polymers from sugars and CS2: synthesis and ring-opening polymerisation of sulfur-containing monomers derived from 2-deoxy-d-ribose and d-xylose
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Communication

Facile synthesis of advanced gradient polymers with sequence control using furan-protected maleimide as a comonomer

Diverse advanced gradient polymers, including simultaneous, hierarchical, di-blocky, symmetrical, and tri-blocky gradient polymers, were facilely fabricated by applying furan protected maleimide as a co-monomer.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of advanced gradient polymers with sequence control using furan-protected maleimide as a comonomer
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Communication

Synthesis, aggregation and responsivity of block copolymers containing organic arsenicals

Block copolymers containing an organic arsenical (AsAm) have been synthesised by aqueous SET-LRP.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, aggregation and responsivity of block copolymers containing organic arsenicals
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Communication

Functional hydrophobic and hetero-grafted block comb polymers via a combination of spontaneous zwitterionic copolymerisation and redox-initiated RAFT polymerisation

Non-toxic hydrophobic and amphiphilic N-acylated poly(amino ester)-based comb polymers self-assemble into functional responsive nano-sized aggregates in aqueous solution.

Graphical abstract: Functional hydrophobic and hetero-grafted block comb polymers via a combination of spontaneous zwitterionic copolymerisation and redox-initiated RAFT polymerisation
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Communication

Synthesis of a helical π-conjugated polymer with a dynamic hydrogen-bonded network in the helical cavity and its circularly polarized luminescence properties

We have succeeded in developing a circularly polarized luminescent π-conjugated polymer with a dynamic hydrogen-bonded network in the helical cavity.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of a helical π-conjugated polymer with a dynamic hydrogen-bonded network in the helical cavity and its circularly polarized luminescence properties
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Communication

Photochemical regulation of a redox-active olefin polymerization catalyst: controlling polyethylene microstructure with visible light

The utility of photoredox chemistry is expanded to include microstructural control of polyolefins.

Graphical abstract: Photochemical regulation of a redox-active olefin polymerization catalyst: controlling polyethylene microstructure with visible light
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Communication

Polymerizations in oil-in-oil emulsions using 2D nanoparticle surfactants

Oil-in-oil emulsions are especially attractive for compartmentalized reactions with water-sensitive monomers which cannot be used with traditional oil/water emulsions.

Graphical abstract: Polymerizations in oil-in-oil emulsions using 2D nanoparticle surfactants
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Communication

Photolabile protecting groups: a strategy for making primary amine polymers by RAFT

Photolabile amine protecting groups are combined with RAFT polymerization to create well-defined amine containing polymers, which is typically a challenge for RAFT polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Photolabile protecting groups: a strategy for making primary amine polymers by RAFT
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Paper

A twin-tailed tadpole-shaped amphiphilic copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) and cyclic poly(ε-caprolactone): synthesis, self-assembly and biomedical applications

A tadpole-shaped amphiphilic copolymer containing cyclic PCL and two PEG tails, PEG-b-(c-PCL)-b-PEG, was rationally designed and synthesized.

Graphical abstract: A twin-tailed tadpole-shaped amphiphilic copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) and cyclic poly(ε-caprolactone): synthesis, self-assembly and biomedical applications
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Open Access Paper

Chemoenzymatic synthesis of polypeptides consisting of periodic di- and tri-peptide motifs similar to elastin

Elastin-like polypeptides containing proline were synthesized via chemoenzymatic polymerization and exhibited a temperature-dependent structural transition.

Graphical abstract: Chemoenzymatic synthesis of polypeptides consisting of periodic di- and tri-peptide motifs similar to elastin
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Reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated depolymerization of brush polymers

Brush polymers synthesized by reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization undergo controlled depolymerization when heated as dictated by polymerization thermodynamics.

Graphical abstract: Reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated depolymerization of brush polymers
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The anionic ring-opening polymerization of N-(methanesulfonyl)azetidine

The first anionic ring-opening polymerization of an activated azetidine is reported.

Graphical abstract: The anionic ring-opening polymerization of N-(methanesulfonyl)azetidine
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Cyanotriphenylamine-based polyimidothioethers as multifunctional materials for ambipolar electrochromic and electrofluorochromic devices, and fluorescent electrospun fibers

New luminescent and electrochromic polyimidothioethers were synthesized and fabricated as ambipolar electrochromic and electrofluorochromic devices, and fluorescent electrospun fibers.

Graphical abstract: Cyanotriphenylamine-based polyimidothioethers as multifunctional materials for ambipolar electrochromic and electrofluorochromic devices, and fluorescent electrospun fibers
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Donor–acceptor conjugated ladder polymer via aromatization-driven thermodynamic annulation

The construction of coplanar conjugated ladder polymers featuring alternating donor–acceptor units has been achieved in high efficiency using ring-closing olefin metathesis.

Graphical abstract: Donor–acceptor conjugated ladder polymer via aromatization-driven thermodynamic annulation
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Orange is the new white: rapid curing of an ethylene-glycidyl methacrylate copolymer with a Ti-bisphenolate type catalyst

The here established crosslinking chemistry opens up a by-product free method for rapid curing of epoxy-functionalised polyethylenes.

Graphical abstract: Orange is the new white: rapid curing of an ethylene-glycidyl methacrylate copolymer with a Ti-bisphenolate type catalyst
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Room temperature multicomponent polymerizations of alkynes, sulfonyl azides, and N-protected isatins toward oxindole-containing poly(N-acylsulfonamide)s

The development of a new polymerization methodology affords polymer materials with new structures and functionalities.

Graphical abstract: Room temperature multicomponent polymerizations of alkynes, sulfonyl azides, and N-protected isatins toward oxindole-containing poly(N-acylsulfonamide)s
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Continuous-flow chemistry for the determination of comonomer reactivity ratios

Continuous-flow chemistry provides an operationally simple and reproducible method for the determination of comonomer reactivity ratios in a single afternoon.

Graphical abstract: Continuous-flow chemistry for the determination of comonomer reactivity ratios
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Oxidation-responsive micelles by a one-pot polymerization-induced self-assembly approach

Combining a sequential, one-pot RAFT polymerization with the polymerization-induced self-assembly process results in a versatile oxidation-responsive carrier system.

Graphical abstract: Oxidation-responsive micelles by a one-pot polymerization-induced self-assembly approach
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Swelling properties of thermoresponsive/hydrophilic co-networks with functional crosslinked domain structures

We focused on the monomer/crosslinker sequence in a gel network and designed novel thermoresponsive/hydrophilic amphiphilic co-networks with crosslinked domain structures.

Graphical abstract: Swelling properties of thermoresponsive/hydrophilic co-networks with functional crosslinked domain structures
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A new echelon of precision polypentenamers: highly isotactic branching on every five carbons

A systematic study shows that bulky allylic substituents on cyclopentene monomers affords a highly precise microstructure after ring-opening metathesis polymerization.

Graphical abstract: A new echelon of precision polypentenamers: highly isotactic branching on every five carbons
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Conjugate substitution and addition of α-substituted acrylate: a highly efficient, facile, convenient, and versatile approach to fabricate degradable polymers by dynamic covalent chemistry

Degradable poly(conjugated ester)s with various backbones were synthesized via conjugate substitution (SN2′) polymerization of bis[α-(chloromethyl)acrylate] and nucleophilic monomers under ambient conditions.

Graphical abstract: Conjugate substitution and addition of α-substituted acrylate: a highly efficient, facile, convenient, and versatile approach to fabricate degradable polymers by dynamic covalent chemistry
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Open Access Paper

3D-printing of dynamic self-healing cryogels with tuneable properties

3D-printable self-healing oxime gels have been reinforced by cryogelation, making these gels mechanically tuneable, macroporous, and doubly dynamic.

Graphical abstract: 3D-printing of dynamic self-healing cryogels with tuneable properties
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Supracolloidal chains of patchy micelles in water

This work describes the programmable self-assembly of ABC triblock terpolymers into patchy micelles and further to supracolloidal chains in water.

Graphical abstract: Supracolloidal chains of patchy micelles in water
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Synthesis of star polymers using organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization through a core-first approach

Star polymers containing 3–8 arms and a linear telechelic polymer are synthesized from a core-first approach using visible-light induced organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of star polymers using organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization through a core-first approach
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Polymer brush guided templating on well-defined rod-like cellulose nanocrystals

Precisely grafted polymer brushes on cellulose nanocrystals guide the formation of silica and yield uniform CNC-based hybrid nanomaterials which are subsequently used in the fabrication of hollow and highly porous silica nanorods.

Graphical abstract: Polymer brush guided templating on well-defined rod-like cellulose nanocrystals
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Highly functional ellipsoidal block copolymer nanoparticles: a generalized approach to nanostructured chemical ordering in phase separated colloidal particles

Spatially controlled introduction of chemical functionalities into ellipsoidal block copolymer nanoparticles is achieved through pre- and post-assembly strategies.

Graphical abstract: Highly functional ellipsoidal block copolymer nanoparticles: a generalized approach to nanostructured chemical ordering in phase separated colloidal particles
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A photocatalyst immobilized on fibrous and porous monolithic cellulose for heterogeneous catalysis of controlled radical polymerization

Fibrous and porous monolithic cellulose was employed to immobilize a photocatalyst for heterogeneously catalysing controlled radical polymerization, which provides superior catalyst recyclability.

Graphical abstract: A photocatalyst immobilized on fibrous and porous monolithic cellulose for heterogeneous catalysis of controlled radical polymerization
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Open Access Paper

Pure hydrophilic block copolymer vesicles with redox- and pH-cleavable crosslinks

The formation and stimuli cleavable crosslinking of completely water drained double hydrophilic block copolymer vesicles is presented.

Graphical abstract: Pure hydrophilic block copolymer vesicles with redox- and pH-cleavable crosslinks
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The effects of polymer topology and chain length on the antimicrobial activity and hemocompatibility of amphiphilic ternary copolymers

Hyperbranched random copolymers that consist of ethylhexyl hydrophobic groups have the best selectivity compared to linear random and block copolymers.

Graphical abstract: The effects of polymer topology and chain length on the antimicrobial activity and hemocompatibility of amphiphilic ternary copolymers
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Open Access Correction

Correction: The effects of polymer topology and chain length on the antimicrobial activity and hemocompatibility of amphiphilic ternary copolymers

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