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Editorial

Emerging investigators

This themed issue of Polymer Chemistry highlights the work of emerging investigators in the polymer chemistry field. Editor in Chief David Haddleton introduces the issue.

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Topology, assembly, and electronics: three pillars for designing supramolecular polymers with emergent optoelectronic behavior

Supramolecular polymers for solar energy harvesting can be created by considering carefully the relationship between topology, assembly, and photophysics.

Graphical abstract: Topology, assembly, and electronics: three pillars for designing supramolecular polymers with emergent optoelectronic behavior
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Review Article

Glyconanoparticles and their interactions with lectins

Glyconanoparticles and their interactions with lectins.

Graphical abstract: Glyconanoparticles and their interactions with lectins
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Review Article

Nanostructural heterogeneity in polymer networks and gels

Many polymer gels display network defects and crosslinking inhomogeneity. This review reflects and interrelates investigations on the characterization of such polymer-network heterogeneity and on its impact on the swelling, elasticity, and permeability of polymer gels.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructural heterogeneity in polymer networks and gels
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Design of thiol- and light-sensitive degradable hydrogels using Michael-type addition reactions

Hydrogels that respond to multiple stimuli (i.e., light, reducing and aqueous microenvironment) were synthesized using thiol-Michael type reaction and degradation kinetics along with release of nanobeads was characterized.

Graphical abstract: Design of thiol- and light-sensitive degradable hydrogels using Michael-type addition reactions
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Communication

Self-assembly of benzothiadiazole-functionalized dinuclear platinum acetylide bolaamphiphiles for bio-imaging application

Benzothiadiazole-functionalized dinuclear platinum(II) acetylide bolaamphiphiles have been demonstrated to form nanoparticles in protic solvents, serving as novel fluorescent labels for bio-imaging applications with good biocompatibility and sufficient stability.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of benzothiadiazole-functionalized dinuclear platinum acetylide bolaamphiphiles for bio-imaging application
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Communication

Chemical doping enhances electronic transport in networks of hexabenzocoronenes assembled in non-aqueous electrolyte

The electronic transport properties of HBC networks in non-aqueous electrolyte are tailored using synthetic chemistry and supramolecular design principles.

Graphical abstract: Chemical doping enhances electronic transport in networks of hexabenzocoronenes assembled in non-aqueous electrolyte
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Communication

Intra-chain radical chemistry as a route to poly(norbornene imide) single-chain nanoparticles: structural considerations and the role of adventitious oxygen

The intra-chain radical polymerization of pendant methacryloyl decorated poly(norbornene) imides is a viable route to single-chain nanoparticles, however this process is complicated by adventitious molecular oxygen.

Graphical abstract: Intra-chain radical chemistry as a route to poly(norbornene imide) single-chain nanoparticles: structural considerations and the role of adventitious oxygen
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Communication

Strong anionic polyelectrolyte microgels

We report a facile synthesis of highly uniform poly(styrene sulfonic acid) microgels, which carry a strong polyelectrolyte group at every repeating unit.

Graphical abstract: Strong anionic polyelectrolyte microgels
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Communication

Synthesis of 1,5-regioregular polytriazoles by efficient NMe4OH-mediated azide–alkyne click polymerization

The efficient and regioselective NMe4OH-mediated aromatic azide and alkyne click polymerization to generate 1,5-regioregular polytriazoles was successfully established.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of 1,5-regioregular polytriazoles by efficient NMe4OH-mediated azide–alkyne click polymerization
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Communication

Well-defined supramolecular polymers based on orthogonal hydrogen-bonding and host–guest interactions

Two architecturally controlled supramolecular polymers have been fabricated via the concurrent integration of orthogonal non-covalent recognition motifs, demonstrating significant chain topological-dependent supramolecular polymerization behaviors.

Graphical abstract: Well-defined supramolecular polymers based on orthogonal hydrogen-bonding and host–guest interactions
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Paper

Towards a general understanding of hydrothermal polymerization of polyimides

Hydrothermal polymerization (HTP) yields highly crystalline polyimides. A general picture of the mechanisms leading to crystallinity and morphology is provided.

Graphical abstract: Towards a general understanding of hydrothermal polymerization of polyimides
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

Polymer brush functionalized SiO2 nanoparticle based Nafion nanocomposites: a novel avenue to low-humidity proton conducting membranes

Polymer brush grafted SiO2 NPs provide Nafion nanocomposite membranes with superior proton conductivities at ambient and moderately high temperatures over the entire range of relative humidity.

Graphical abstract: Polymer brush functionalized SiO2 nanoparticle based Nafion nanocomposites: a novel avenue to low-humidity proton conducting membranes
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Paper

Polymers synthesized by RAFT as versatile macrophotoinitiators

Enhancing the photodissociation efficiency of terminal functionalities in RAFT polymers makes them versatile macrophotoinitiators.

Graphical abstract: Polymers synthesized by RAFT as versatile macrophotoinitiators
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Paper

Efficiency assessment of single unit monomer insertion reactions for monomer sequence control: kinetic simulations and experimental observations

On-line microreactor/ESI-MS experiments and kinetic simulations on single unit monomer insertions are combined to assess the efficiency of the SUMI process.

Graphical abstract: Efficiency assessment of single unit monomer insertion reactions for monomer sequence control: kinetic simulations and experimental observations
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Paper

Quantifying bacterial adhesion on antifouling polymer brushes via single-cell force spectroscopy

The adhesion forces between a single bacterial cell and different polymer brushes were measured directly with an atomic force microscope and correlated with their resistance to fouling.

Graphical abstract: Quantifying bacterial adhesion on antifouling polymer brushes via single-cell force spectroscopy
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

RAFT polymerization and associated reactivity ratios of methacrylate-functionalized mixed bio-oil constituents

High separations costs reduce the practicality of polymers sourced from renewable bio-oils, motivating economical multicomponent bio-oil polymerizations. Thus, this paper investigates polymerization behavior of model bio-oil components and their mixtures.

Graphical abstract: RAFT polymerization and associated reactivity ratios of methacrylate-functionalized mixed bio-oil constituents
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

The synthesis and aqueous solution properties of sulfobutylbetaine (co)polymers: comparison of synthetic routes and tuneable upper critical solution temperatures

With an additional methyl group in the ion bridge, sulfobutylbetaine (co)polymers show significantly higher UCSTs than their more common sulfopropylbetaine counterparts making them a promising class of smart materials.

Graphical abstract: The synthesis and aqueous solution properties of sulfobutylbetaine (co)polymers: comparison of synthetic routes and tuneable upper critical solution temperatures
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Simulation of radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate at room temperature using a tertiary amine/BPO initiating system

A model was developed for the polymerization of methyl methacrylate at room temperature. The model used both free volume and empirical models for propagation, termination and several side reactions.

Graphical abstract: Simulation of radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate at room temperature using a tertiary amine/BPO initiating system
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Paper

Dendronized hyperbranched polymers containing isolation chromophores: design, synthesis and further enhancement of the comprehensive NLO performance

New dendronized hyperbranched polymers (DHPs) constructed by dendronized monomers, exhibit good comprehensive NLO performance, especially for thermostability.

Graphical abstract: Dendronized hyperbranched polymers containing isolation chromophores: design, synthesis and further enhancement of the comprehensive NLO performance
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Multifunctional and spatially controlled bioconjugation to melt coextruded nanofibers

A simple photochemical modification scheme is utilized to fabricate multifunctional and patterned coextruded fibers.

Graphical abstract: Multifunctional and spatially controlled bioconjugation to melt coextruded nanofibers
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

On the structure–control relationship of amide-functionalized SG1-based alkoxyamines for nitroxide-mediated polymerization and conjugation

Investigation on the reactivity and the controlling ability of a series of amide-functionalized alkoxyamines based on the SG1 nitroxide is reported.

Graphical abstract: On the structure–control relationship of amide-functionalized SG1-based alkoxyamines for nitroxide-mediated polymerization and conjugation
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
Paper

Film-type chemosensors based on boron diiminate polymers having oxidation-induced emission properties

We present here the film-type chemosensors based on stimuli-responsive emissive polymers composed of boron diiminate. Hydrogen peroxide can be monitored by the emission enhancement.

Graphical abstract: Film-type chemosensors based on boron diiminate polymers having oxidation-induced emission properties
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Frequency control of crossover reactions in concurrent cationic vinyl-addition and ring-opening copolymerization of vinyl ethers and oxiranes: specific roles of weak Lewis bases and solvent polarity

Weak Lewis bases and solvent polarity affected the frequency of the crossover reactions in the concurrent cationic vinyl-addition and ring-opening copolymerization of vinyl ethers and oxiranes.

Graphical abstract: Frequency control of crossover reactions in concurrent cationic vinyl-addition and ring-opening copolymerization of vinyl ethers and oxiranes: specific roles of weak Lewis bases and solvent polarity
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

A convenient synthesis strategy for microphase-separating functional copolymers: the cyclohydrocarbosilane tool box

Functional polyhydrocarbosilane-based homo and diblock copolymers are prepared by combination of anionic ring-opening polymerization and postmodification with functional vinyl compounds.

Graphical abstract: A convenient synthesis strategy for microphase-separating functional copolymers: the cyclohydrocarbosilane tool box
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Fluorinated microgel star polymers as fluorous nanocapsules for the encapsulation and release of perfluorinated compounds

Fluorinated microgel star polymers work as fluorous nanocapsules to efficiently capture and thermo-responsively release perfluorinated guest compounds.

Graphical abstract: Fluorinated microgel star polymers as fluorous nanocapsules for the encapsulation and release of perfluorinated compounds
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

Synthesis of bottlebrush polymers via transfer-to and grafting-through approaches using a RAFT chain transfer agent with a ROMP-active Z-group

A novel dithiocarbamate chain transfer agent for reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization with a directly polymerizable Z-group was synthesized and used to make bottlebrush polymers via multiple strategies.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of bottlebrush polymers via transfer-to and grafting-through approaches using a RAFT chain transfer agent with a ROMP-active Z-group
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Amphiphilic polyether-based block copolymers as crosslinkable ligands for Au-nanoparticles

We report on the synthesis of thiol-terminated, polyether-based block copolymers featuring a crosslinkable block and their use as ligands for Au-nanoparticles in organic solvents.

Graphical abstract: Amphiphilic polyether-based block copolymers as crosslinkable ligands for Au-nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Functional, sub-100 nm polymer nanoparticles via thiol–ene miniemulsion photopolymerization

Thiol–ene photopolymerization in miniemulsion under non-stoichiometric conditions offers a facile route to functionalized polymer nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Functional, sub-100 nm polymer nanoparticles via thiol–ene miniemulsion photopolymerization
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Paper

Organo-photocatalysts for photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerization

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.

Graphical abstract: Organo-photocatalysts for photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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Polymer-protein conjugation via a ‘grafting to’ approach – a comparative study of the performance of protein-reactive RAFT chain transfer agents

The performances of various protein-reactive RAFT CTAs to afford polymer-protein conjugation via a grafting-to approach were compared.

Graphical abstract: Polymer-protein conjugation via a ‘grafting to’ approach – a comparative study of the performance of protein-reactive RAFT chain transfer agents
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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Chemical encoding of amphiphilic copolymers for a dual controlled release from their assemblies

Amphiphilic random copolymers are designed to bear a corrosion inhibitor as cleavable side group, which can be released upon activation by chemical reduction.

Graphical abstract: Chemical encoding of amphiphilic copolymers for a dual controlled release from their assemblies
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
Open Access Correction

Correction: Polymer–protein conjugation via a ‘grafting to’ approach – a comparative study of the performance of protein-reactive RAFT chain transfer agents

From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators
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