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Nicholas Ballard, Alexandre Simula, Miren Aguirre, Jose Ramon Leiza, Steven van Es and Jose M. Asua
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01634K, Paper
In order to successfully implement the commercial synthesis of polymers by reversible deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP) techniques in solution, semi-batch processes should be developed. However, the low monomer concentrations involved...
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01637E, Paper
Two well-defined graft copolymers consisting of a hydrophilic poly(2- hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PHEA) backbone and poly(2-dimethylamino ethylacrylate) (PDMAEA) side chains were synthesized by sequential reversible addition- fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization...
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01582D, Communication
We describe herein that the novel dendron-jacketed homopolymers containing photoswitchable azobenzene groups and short oligo(ethylene glycols) (OEGs) units via macromonomer route, which possess dual functional thermo- and light- responsive groups,...
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01612J, Minireview
In this review we discuss multi stimuli-responsive polymers which exhibit upper critical solution temperature (UCST) behavior in solutions. Firstly, we discuss both the lower and upper critical solution temperature behavior...
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01718E, Paper
A 3D polycaprolactone fibrous mat was fabricated by using spherical ice as a template during electrospinning for stabilizing droplets in a spheroid culture.
Wei Chen, Yanyan Zhou, Ying Li, Jun Sun, Xiangqiang Pan, Qian Yu, Nianchen Zhou, Zhengbiao Zhang and Xiulin Zhu
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01638C, Paper
This work provides an unprecedented example for the exploration of the cyclic topology effects on the shape memory performance of bulk polyurethane materials, providing a novel angle to elucidate the structure–property relationship of polymeric materials.
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01448H, Paper
(Alg/CS-g-CPBAm)n capsules were fabricated to study the effect of the capsule structure on the glucose sensitivity and sustained release of insulin.
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01522K, Paper
Three new conjugated D–A terpolymers PADPP1, PADPP2 and PADPP3, which contain diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as electron acceptors and thiophene/anthracene as electron donors for photovoltaic cells, are described.
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01599A, Communication
The multi-stimuli responsive block copolymer of poly(N-iso-propylacrylamide)-b-poly(N-acryloylglycine-co-N-acryloylglycine spiropyran ester) containing a LCST-type thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) block and a pH-, light- and UCST-type multi-responsive poly(N-acryloylglycine-co-N-acryloylglycine spiropyran ester) block was synthesized by post-polymerization...
Shuhui Zhang, Libang He, Yinxin Yang, Bo Yang, Yixue Liao, Xinyuan Xu, Jiyao Li, Xiao Yang and Jianshu Li
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01362G, Paper
Remineralization and reduction of cariogenic bacteria at the tooth surface are effective ways to treat dental caries.
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01510G, Paper
The solution of P(PVEC-co-NMI), having an alternating structure, was a red color in basic solvents and the solution color changed with a high sensitively to acid–base switching.
Patrick A. J. M. de Jongh, Mechelle R. Bennett, Greg S. Sulley, Paul Wilson, Thomas P. Davis, David M. Haddleton and Kristian Kempe
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01553K, Communication
Optimal monomer ratios in the spontaneous zwitterionic copolymerisation yield defined telechelic macromonomers with near quantitative ω-carboxylic acid end groups.
Mariia Vorobii, Ognen Pop-Georgievski, Andres de los Santos Pereira, Nina Kostina, Ryan L. Jezorek, Zdenka Sedlakova, Virgil Percec and Cesar Rodriguez-Emmenegger
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01730D, Paper
Photoinduced surface-initiated single electron transfer living radical polymerization (SET-LRP) is a versatile technique for the preparation of polymer brushes. The vast diversity of compatible functional groups, together with a high...
Maël Le Bohec, Manon Banère, Sandie Pioge, Lazhar Benyahia, Sagrario Pascual and Laurent Fontaine
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01639A, Paper
Well-defined poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide)–b–poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) thermoresponsive double hydrophilic block copolymer bearing a terpyridine entity (Tpy-PDMA-b-P(NIPAM-co-VDM)) was synthesized by successive RAFT polymerizations. An amphiphilic macro-chain transfer agent bearing a terpyridine moiety (Tpy-PDMA-CTA) was synthesized...
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01684G, Paper
The metal-free RAFT cationic polymerization (MRCP) of p-methoxystyrene (pMOS) was achieved. It was demonstrated that O-ethyl S-(1-isobutoxyethyl) carbonodithioate (IBEX) efficiently acted as a RAFT agent for cationic polymerization, i.e., as...
Biswajit Saha, Kamal Bauri, Arijit Bag, Pradip Ghorai and Priyadarsi De
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01738J, Communication
We report herein the synthesis of a new class of traditional fluorophore-free pH- and thermo dual-responsive fluorescent copolymer through sequence-controlled copolymerization of rationally designed monomers. The N-substituted maleimide monomer bearing...
Emily A. Hoff, Brooks A. Abel, Chase A. Tretbar, Charles L. McCormick and Derek L. Patton
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01563H, Communication
A first example of controlled radical polymerization of monomers containing unprotected acyl hydrazide pendent groups was demonstrated using aqueous RAFT polymerization at pH = 0.
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01486K, Paper
This article elucidates a remarkable end group effect on the macroscopic assembly pathway of chain folded polyurethanes (PU) PU-2 and PU-3, both of which contain a linear PU chain appended with n-type semiconducting naphthalene-diimide (NDI) chromophores.
Rémi Absil, Seda Çakir, Sylvain Gabriele, Philippe Dubois, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Filip Du Prez and Laetitia Mespouille
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01663D, Paper
Doubly crosslinked microgels (DX microgels) are hydrogels constructed by covalently interlinked microgel particles, offering two levels of hierarchy within the network, the first one being the microgel and the second being the interlinked microgel network.
Katelyn R. Houston, Anne-Martine S. Jackson, Ross W. Yost, Howard S. Carman and Valerie Sheares Ashby
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01421F, Paper
We report the first supramolecular engineering polymer with melt viscosity suitable for non-degradative processing plus enhanced thermal and mechanical properties.
Marina González-Burgos, Angel Alegría, Arantxa Arbe, Juan Colmenero and José A. Pomposo
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01602B, Communication
A new route towards the straightforward synthesis of aldehyde-decorated ultrafine single-chain nanoparticles from azides is described.
Keren Zhang, Mingtao Chen, Kevin J. Drummey, Samantha J. Talley, Lindsey J. Anderson, Robert B. Moore and Timothy E. Long
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01519K, Paper
Ureido-cytosine pendant groups contributed to random acrylic copolymers with enhanced thermomechanical performance, well-defined morphologies, and reduced water uptake.
Yaokun Wang, Hui Chen, Meng Li, Rong Hu, Fengting Lv, Libing Liu and Shu Wang
Polym. Chem., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01532H, Communication
The detection of pathogens plays a crucial role in clinical applications.
Jing Zhang, Jacques Lalevée, Jiacheng Zhao, bernadette Graff, Martina Heide Stenzel and Pu Xiao
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01550F, Paper
Four dihydroxyanthraquinone derivatives [i.e. 1,2-dihydroxyanthraquinone (12-DHAQ), 1,4-dihydroxyanthraquinone (14-DHAQ), 1,5-dihydroxyanthraquinone (15-DHAQ), and 1,8-dihydroxyanthraquinone (18-DHAQ)], when combined with various additives (e.g. iodonium salt, tertiary amine, N-vinylcarbazole, and phenacyl bromide), are investigated as...
Marc Guerre, Wahidur Rahaman, Bruno Ameduri, Rinaldo Poli and Vincent Ladmiral
Polym. Chem., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01247G, Paper
RAFT polymerization of Vinylidene Fluoride (VDF), leading to relatively welldefined poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), is negatively affected by chain inversion resulting in less easily reactivatable PVDFT-XA dormant chains (terminated with the...

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The ongoing research activities in the field of lignocellulosic biomass for production of value-added chemicals and polymers that can be utilized to replace petroleum-based materials are reviewed.
DOI: 10.1039/C5PY00263J
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In this work, we demonstrate the use of organophotoredox catalysts under visible light to perform photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) for the polymerization of methacrylate monomers.
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY01317D
Published: 04 Nov 2014
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This work developed the first example of PET-ATRP using a reductive pathway, which provides new opportunities for the synthesis of well-controlled polymer architectures through a photochemical approach.
DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01765C
Published: 26 Nov 2015

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