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Themed collection Advisory Board’s top picks from Polymer Chemistry

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Review Article

Theoretical simulations of nanostructures self-assembled from copolymer systems

This article provides an overview of recent simulation investigations of the nanostructures and structure–property relationships in copolymer systems.

Graphical abstract: Theoretical simulations of nanostructures self-assembled from copolymer systems
Communication

Conventional fluorophore-free dual pH- and thermo-responsive luminescent alternating copolymer

Herein, we have designed and synthesized a novel traditional fluorophore-free water-soluble fluorescent copolymer based on a poly(maleimide-alt-styrene) skeleton, which responds to both pH and temperature in aqueous medium.

Graphical abstract: Conventional fluorophore-free dual pH- and thermo-responsive luminescent alternating copolymer
Communication

Surface-initiated polymerization-induced self-assembly of bimodal polymer-grafted silica nanoparticles towards hybrid assemblies in one step

The first case of surface-initiated polymerization-induced self-assembly (SI-PISA) by polymerizing benzyl methacrylate from SiO2-g-(PHEMA, CPDB) in methanol is reported.

Graphical abstract: Surface-initiated polymerization-induced self-assembly of bimodal polymer-grafted silica nanoparticles towards hybrid assemblies in one step
Communication

Room temperature phosphorescence of 4-bromo-1,8-naphthalic anhydride derivative-based polyacrylamide copolymer with photo-stimulated responsiveness

Room temperature phosphorescence emission was achieved by host–guest recognition between γ-cyclodextrin and a 4-bromo-1,8-naphthalic anhydride polymer, which can be controlled by the photo-isomerization of the azobenzene unit of the other polymer.

Graphical abstract: Room temperature phosphorescence of 4-bromo-1,8-naphthalic anhydride derivative-based polyacrylamide copolymer with photo-stimulated responsiveness
Communication

Microwave-assisted synthesis of block copolymer nanoparticles via RAFT with polymerization-induced self-assembly in methanol

A comparative study of microwave-assisted (MA) and conductive heating in RAFT dispersion polymerization formulations in MeOH that result in polymerization-induced self-assembly is detailed.

Graphical abstract: Microwave-assisted synthesis of block copolymer nanoparticles via RAFT with polymerization-induced self-assembly in methanol
Open Access Paper

Synthesis and chiroptical properties of a π-conjugated polymer containing glucose-linked biphenyl units in the main chain capable of folding into a helical conformation

Naturally occurring ellagitannins provide us with inspiration for the development of a chiral π-conjugated polymer bearing glucose-linked biphenyl units in the main chain.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and chiroptical properties of a π-conjugated polymer containing glucose-linked biphenyl units in the main chain capable of folding into a helical conformation
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Pillar[5]arene-based amphiphilic supramolecular brush copolymers: fabrication, controllable self-assembly and application in self-imaging targeted drug delivery

Here we construct the first pillararene-based amphiphilic supramolecular brush copolymer, which can be utilized as a targeting self-imaging drug delivery vehicle.

Graphical abstract: Pillar[5]arene-based amphiphilic supramolecular brush copolymers: fabrication, controllable self-assembly and application in self-imaging targeted drug delivery
Paper

Synthesis of zwitterionic, hydrophobic, and amphiphilic polymers via RAFT polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA) in acetic acid

Hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and combinations of these monomers were directly (co)polymerized via RAFT polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA) in acetic acid.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of zwitterionic, hydrophobic, and amphiphilic polymers via RAFT polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA) in acetic acid
Open Access Paper

CO2/pH-responsive particles with built-in fluorescence read-out

A novel fluorescent monomer was synthesized to probe the state of CO2-responsive cross-linked polymer particles.

Graphical abstract: CO2/pH-responsive particles with built-in fluorescence read-out
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Salicylaldehyde-functionalized block copolymer nano-objects: one-pot synthesis via polymerization-induced self-assembly and their simultaneous cross-linking and fluorescence modification

Salicylaldehyde-functionalized nano-objects are prepared via RAFT-mediated polymerization-induced self-assembly. Their simultaneous stabilization and fluorescence modification can be achieved by one-step reaction.

Graphical abstract: Salicylaldehyde-functionalized block copolymer nano-objects: one-pot synthesis via polymerization-induced self-assembly and their simultaneous cross-linking and fluorescence modification
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Unanticipated bright blue fluorescence produced from novel hyperbranched polysiloxanes carrying unconjugated carbon–carbon double bonds and hydroxyl groups

Bright blue fluorescence-emitting hyperbranched polysiloxane simultaneously carrying unconjugated carbon–carbon double bonds and hydroxyl groups is reported for the first time.

Graphical abstract: Unanticipated bright blue fluorescence produced from novel hyperbranched polysiloxanes carrying unconjugated carbon–carbon double bonds and hydroxyl groups
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Disk-like micelles with cylindrical pores from amphiphilic polypeptide block copolymers

An unprecedented 2-dimensional disk-like micelle with cylindrical pores was achieved by self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolypeptides PEG-b-PBLG with an α-helical conformation of PBLG blocks.

Graphical abstract: Disk-like micelles with cylindrical pores from amphiphilic polypeptide block copolymers
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Room temperature synthesis of poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-based diblock copolymer nano-objects via Photoinitiated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (Photo-PISA)

A remarkably diverse set of complex polymer nanoparticle morphologies have been prepared by photoinitiated polymerization-induced self-assembly (photo-PISA) at room temperature.

Graphical abstract: Room temperature synthesis of poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-based diblock copolymer nano-objects via Photoinitiated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (Photo-PISA)
Open Access Paper

Synthesis, characterisation and Pickering emulsifier performance of poly(stearyl methacrylate)–poly(N-2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl pyrrolidone) diblock copolymer nano-objects via RAFT dispersion polymerisation in n-dodecane

Block copolymer spheres, worms or vesicles can be prepared via RAFT dispersion polymerisation of N-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl pyrrolidone in n-dodecane using a poly(stearyl methacrylate) chain transfer agent.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, characterisation and Pickering emulsifier performance of poly(stearyl methacrylate)–poly(N-2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl pyrrolidone) diblock copolymer nano-objects via RAFT dispersion polymerisation in n-dodecane
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Multicompartment morphologies self-assembled from fluorinated ABC triblock terpolymers: the effects of flexible and rigid hydrophobic moieties

Two kinds of fluorinated ABC triblock terpolymers have been prepared by oxyanion-initiated polymerization, and the effects of flexible and rigid polyolefin moieties on their self-assembled multicompartment morphologies were investigated.

Graphical abstract: Multicompartment morphologies self-assembled from fluorinated ABC triblock terpolymers: the effects of flexible and rigid hydrophobic moieties
Open Access Paper

Addition of water to an alcoholic RAFT PISA formulation leads to faster kinetics but limits the evolution of copolymer morphology

Addition of water leads to a much faster rate for the RAFT dispersion polymerization of benzyl methacrylate in ethanol, enabling degrees of polymerization of up to 1500 to be achieved.

Graphical abstract: Addition of water to an alcoholic RAFT PISA formulation leads to faster kinetics but limits the evolution of copolymer morphology
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