Themed collection Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Using precision polymer chemistry for plastics traceability and governance
Resolving the anonymity of plastic materials is critical for safeguarding the well-being of our natural environments and human health.
Reconsidering terms for mechanisms of polymer growth: the “step-growth” and “chain-growth” dilemma
Terms used for mechanisms of polymer growth are varied and problematic; we detail here our concerns with the terms “step-growth” and “chain-growth.” Ultimately, we seek terms that are simple, accurate, and attractive to the polymer community.
Chemical design and synthesis of macromolecular profluorescent nitroxide systems as self-reporting probes
The objective of this mini-review article is to highlight the importance of the chemical design towards the synthesis of polymeric profluorescent nitroxides applicable as self-reporting probes.
Nanoconfined synthesis of conjugated ladder polymers
This review highlights recent advances in controlled synthesis of conjugated ladder polymers using templates.
Recent advances in the ring-opening polymerization of sulfur-containing monomers
Inspired by the broad range of applications for sulfur-containing polymers, this article presents an overview regarding various ROP technologies (ROP/rROP/ROMP) which cement the importance of sulfur-containing monomers in modern polymer chemistry.
Thiolactone chemistry, a versatile platform for macromolecular engineering
This review covers the extensive use of γ-thiolactone chemistry as a versatile and powerful tool for macromolecular engineering and the preparation of various polymer architectures, such as functional, alternating, or sequence-controlled (co)polymers.
Reversible complexation mediated polymerization: an emerging type of organocatalytically controlled radical polymerization
Reversible complexation mediated polymerization (RCMP) was developed as a new class of controlled radical polymerization (CRP) using organic catalysts. In particular, photo-RCMP is among the simplest, cheapest, and most robust photoinduced CRPs.
From macromonomers to bottlebrush copolymers with sequence control: synthesis, properties, and applications
This review article focuses on recent advances of bottlebrush copolymers prepared by a ring-opening metathesis polymerization, from synthesis efforts to properties and applications.
Upcycling of BPA-PC into trimethylene carbonate by solvent assisted organocatalysed depolymerisation
This study describes the solvent-assisted organocatalysed depolymerisation of BPA-PC at low temperature for the selective formation of trimethylene carbonate. The key role of 1-methylimidazole as solvent and imidazole as catalyst is investigated.
Versatile fully-substituted triazole-functionalized polypeptides with a stable α-helical conformation for gene delivery
A library of polypeptides bearing fully-substituted triazoles (FT) was developed via a Cu-catalyzed multicomponent reaction (MCR), which avoided the undesired hydrogen bonding and stabilized the α-helix in a broad pH range.
Tailoring the luminescence of FRET systems built using supramolecular polymeric nanotubes
Supramolecular polymeric nanotubes self-assembled from cyclic peptide–polymer conjugates are employed as general scaffolds to fabricate supramolecular FRET systems with tailorable and responsive luminescence.
Investigation of two-photon polymerized microstructures using fluorescence lifetime measurements
A fluorescent molecular rotor is exploited as a viscosity probe to reveal heterogeneity in multi-material microstructures made by two-photon polymerization. These results open the door to probe the 4D character of active 3D microstructures.
3D printed elastomers with Sylgard-184-like mechanical properties and tuneable degradability
Digital light 3D printing of biodegradable elastomers with mechanical properties comparable to the ones of Sylgard-184 via dual-polymer resins.
Hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymer micelles with pH/photothermal-responsive carmofur release and combined chemo-photothermal therapy
This work targets the construction of hydrogen-bonded (H-bonded) supramolecular polymeric micelles loaded with chemotherapy drugs (carmofur) and photothermal agents (IR780) for combined chemo-photothermal therapies (CT/PTT).
Ring-opening polymerization of functionalized aliphatic bicyclic carbonates
The development of new functional polycarbonates through ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic precursors is described.
A novel polymer electrolyte with in situ polymerization and a high concentration of lithium salts for lithium metal batteries
A novel polymer electrolyte with high stability and high performance is prepared by in situ polymerization for lithium metal batteries.
An efficient cyclodepolymerization route for the chemical recycling of poly(ethylene adipate)
We present here a green cyclodepolymerization route for the chemical recycling of poly(ethylene adipate) to its cyclic oligomers based on ring–chain equilibria in solution.
Initiating abilities of diphosphine- and diamine-ligated Pd complexes/NaBPh4 systems for C1 polymerization of diazoacetates
(Diamine)Pd(0)(dichlone)/NaBPh4 systems have been revealed to be effective initiators for diazoacetate polymerization, yielding moderately syndiotactic polymers in moderate yields.
Model dynamic covalent thermoresponsive amphiphilic polymer co-networks based on acylhydrazone end-linked Tetronic T904 star block copolymers
Hydrogels based on acylhydrazone end-linked Tetronic T904 four-armed amphiphilic star block copolymers show thermally-induced aqueous self-assembly and toughening, and cross-link dissociation and association traceable via simple 1H NMR spectroscopy.
Moisture tolerant cationic RAFT polymerization of vinyl ethers
Cationic RAFT of vinyl ethers was performed without reagent purification and under ambient conditions by utilizing a PCCP acid initiator with a HBD catalyst. Despite inherent nucleophiles, the system retained high chain end fidelity and modularity.
Structural analysis of hyperbranched polyhydrocarbon synthesized by electrochemical polymerization
Structure of a hyperbranched polyhydrocarbon obtained by electrochemical polymerization was analyzed by various NMR techniques and modeling. The calculated physical properties from its bulk model system well matched with experimental results.
Statistical copolymers of thiophene-3-carboxylates and selenophene-3-carboxylates; 77Se NMR as a tool to examine copolymer sequence in selenophene-based conjugated polymers
Here, a new class of ester-functionalized polychalcogenophene is reported, the poly(3-alkylesterselenophene). Moreover, a series of thiophene–selenophene copolymers were prepared.
Synthesis and characterization of polysulfides formed by the inverse vulcanisation of cyclosiloxanes with sulfur
Polysulfides cross-linked with cyclosiloxanes were synthesized, characterized and tested as solvent sorbents.
Barbier single-atom polymerization induced emission as a one-pot approach towards stimuli-responsive luminescent polymers
A one-pot strategy for the design of stimuli-responsive luminescent polymers has been demonstrated through Barbier PIE, where the N,N-dimethyl moiety endows the polymers with both stimuli-responsive and red-shifted nonconjugated emission properties.
Tailoring intermolecular interactions in ion gels with rationally designed phosphonic acid polymers
Design strategies of phosphonic acid polymers established advanced ion gels with high ionic conductivity, mechanical strength, and self-healing ability via a configurable balance of ionic and hydrogen bonding interactions at the molecular level.
A block copolymer templated approach for the preparation of nanoporous polymer structures and cellulose fiber hybrids by ozone treatment
Porous nanostructures were derived after self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers and subsequent ozone-mediated block segment degradation. Highly ordered pores were obtained for BCP films and for coatings at cellulose fibers’ surfaces.
Donor modification of thermally activated delayed fluorescence photosensitizers for organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization
TADF donor-acceptor conjugates were applied as photosensitizers for organocatalyzed organic atom transfer radical polymerization. A donor-modification strategy was found to dramatically improve the control over the polymerization.
Ductile gas barrier poly(ester–amide)s derived from glycolide
Sustainable poly(ester–amide)s derived from glycolide have been synthesized and their thermal, mechanical, and gas barrier properties have been studied by systematically changing the number of methylene groups.
Synthesis and derivatization of epoxy-functional sterically-stabilized diblock copolymer spheres in non-polar media: does the spatial location of the epoxy groups matter?
Epoxy-functional sterically-stabilized diblock copolymer nanoparticles are prepared via PISA in mineral oil and then derivatized using various reagents and reaction conditions.
Supramolecularly cross-linked nanoassemblies of self-immolative polyurethane from recycled plastic waste: high encapsulation stability and the triggered release of guest molecules
Recycled plastic waste based self-immolative polyurethane has been synthesized and nanoformulated for tumor relevant pH induced charge modulation, efficient guest encapsulation and triggered release in a controlled fashion.
Influence of the molecular weight and size distribution of PSS on mixed ionic-electronic transport in PEDOT:PSS
Controlling the dispersity of PSS allows to control the performance of PEDOT:PSS in organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs).
Benzothiazole-disulfide based redox-responsive polymers: facile access to reversibly functionalizable polymeric coatings
Redox-responsive polymers and polymeric coatings containing benzothiazole-disulfide groups provide facile access to reversibly functionalizable platforms.
Bio-based porphyrins pyropheophorbide a and its Zn-complex as visible-light photosensitizers for free-radical photopolymerization
Two chlorophyll a derivatives, namely pyropheophorbide a and its corresponding zinc(II) complex, are used as visible-light photosensitizers for free-radical photopolymerization.
The role of transesterifications in reversible polycondensations and a reinvestigation of the Jacobson–Beckmann–Stockmayer experiments
Strong protic acids catalyze intermolecular transesterification in reversible polyester syntheses even at low temperatures (109 °C), an important aspect not considered in the original Jacobson–Stockmayer theory of reversible polycondensations.
Poly(N-cyanoethylacrylamide), a new thermoresponsive homopolymer presenting both LCST and UCST behavior in water
Novel dual thermoresponsive N-cyanoethylacrylamide (CEAm)-based (co)polymers synthesized by RAFT polymerization display a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in water.
Trifluoromethoxy-substituted nickel catalysts for producing highly branched polyethylenes: impact of solvent, activator and N,N′-ligand on polymer properties
Highly branched and narrowly dispersed polyethylenes with high or ultra-high molecular weights are accessible using the depicted nickel precatalyst/activator combinations.
Computational design of next generation atom transfer radical polymerization ligands
Computational studies show that the activity of ATRP catalysts can be dramatically improved using quinuclidine bridgehead ligands.
Multi-tunable aggregation behaviors of thermo/pH-responsive toothbrush-like and jellyfish-like copolymers
Rational design of comb-like and linear conjugates comprising PNIPAM and PDMAEMA segments allows the construction of a multi-tunable hierarchical self-assembly platform and insight into the topology effect.
Chain-growth click copolymerization for the synthesis of branched copolymers with tunable branching densities
A facile synthesis of branched polymers with regulated molecular weights, low dispersity and freely tuned branching densities is reported.
Photo-chemically induced polycondensation of a pure phenolic resin for additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing of phenolic resins as a proof-of-concept for the first photo-chemical induced polycondensation by Hot Lithography. Through the dual use of a photoacidgenerator, the first pure 3D printing of Bakelite© is investigated.
Star-like poly(peptoid)s with selective antibacterial activity
We developed new macromolecular engineering approaches enabling the preparation of star-shaped and antimicrobial polypeptoids by ring-opening polymerization.
Modification of polybutadiene with trifluoromethyl and clickable azide groups in one shot
We report copper-catalyzed intermolecular azide-trifluoromethylation of the alkenyls of PB without any chain degradation and crosslinking.
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