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Integrated motion of molecular machines in supramolecular polymeric scaffolds

Here we highlight the recent progress in the field of integrated motion of molecular machines in supramolecular polymeric scaffolds.

Graphical abstract: Integrated motion of molecular machines in supramolecular polymeric scaffolds
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
Open Access Review Article

Blocked isocyanates: from analytical and experimental considerations to non-polyurethane applications

In this review we aim to provide an introductory guide to blocked isocyanates, through discussion on different examples of blocking groups, along with experimental considerations for their application.

Graphical abstract: Blocked isocyanates: from analytical and experimental considerations to non-polyurethane applications
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Review Article

Synthesis and polymerization of boronic acid containing monomers

This mini-review summarizes the most commonly used methods for the synthesis of phenylboronic acid-(co)polymers ranging from simple straightforward polymerization to complex post-polymerization modification.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and polymerization of boronic acid containing monomers
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Review Article

Enhancing the therapeutic effects of polyphenols with macromolecules

A review of key macromolecular systems employed to stabilise polyphenols, including direct polymerisation of polyphenol monomers and conjugation with macromolecules.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing the therapeutic effects of polyphenols with macromolecules
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Review Article

Layer-by-layer preparation of polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for separation

Polymer membranes prepared by layer-by-layer depostition provide a highly promising platform for the development of an efficient and sustainable technique for separation.

Graphical abstract: Layer-by-layer preparation of polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for separation
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Review Article

Recent trends in the design of anticancer polymer prodrug nanocarriers

Nanocarriers based on polymer prodrugs have attracted much attention to perform drug delivery, especially in cancer therapy.

Graphical abstract: Recent trends in the design of anticancer polymer prodrug nanocarriers
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Review Article

Recent advances in the design of bioconjugates from controlled/living radical polymerization

A comprehensive review of the recent advances in the synthesis of well-defined bioconjugates from controlled/living radical polymerization, including proteins, peptides and oligonucleotides, is presented and outlines work up to early 2010.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the design of bioconjugates from controlled/living radical polymerization
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Communication

Palladium-polymer nanoreactors for the aqueous asymmetric synthesis of therapeutic flavonoids

Polymeric core–shell micelles incorporating a chiral palladium pyridinooxazoline catalyst are presented as nanoreactors for the aqueous asymmetric synthesis of flavanones, a class of flavonoids, with therapeutic properties.

Graphical abstract: Palladium-polymer nanoreactors for the aqueous asymmetric synthesis of therapeutic flavonoids
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Communication

Pillar[5]arene-based chiral 3D polymer network for heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis

We report the preparation of a chiral 3D polymer network endowed with ability of heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis and good recyclability based on pillar[5]arene and (R,R)-tetraaryl-1,3-dioxolane-4,5-dimethanol derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Pillar[5]arene-based chiral 3D polymer network for heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis
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Communication

Temperature programed photo-induced RAFT polymerization of stereo-block copolymers of poly(vinyl acetate)

Stereo-triblock copolymers of poly(vinyl acetate) are synthesized with controlled molecular weights based on a temperature-programed photo-induced RAFT in HFIP.

Graphical abstract: Temperature programed photo-induced RAFT polymerization of stereo-block copolymers of poly(vinyl acetate)
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Communication

RAFT-mediated, visible light-initiated single unit monomer insertion and its application in the synthesis of sequence-defined polymers

In this communication, we report a catalyst-free methodology for single unit monomer insertion (SUMI) into reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) agents initiated by low intensity visible light.

Graphical abstract: RAFT-mediated, visible light-initiated single unit monomer insertion and its application in the synthesis of sequence-defined polymers
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Open Access Communication

Triazolinedione-“clicked” poly(phosphoester)s: systematic adjustment of thermal properties

The thermal properties of halogen-free flame retardant poly(phosphoester)s from acyclic diene metathesis polycondensation have been optimized by a systematic post-modification using 1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Triazolinedione-“clicked” poly(phosphoester)s: systematic adjustment of thermal properties
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Communication

RAFT iniferter polymerization in miniemulsion using visible light

Methodology for the successful implementation of RAFT (4-cyano-4[(dodecylsulfanylthiocarbonyl)sulfanyl]pentanoic acid (CDTPA)) iniferter polymerization of butyl methacrylate in miniemulsion using visible light (green light; λmax = 530 nm) has been developed.

Graphical abstract: RAFT iniferter polymerization in miniemulsion using visible light
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Open Access Communication

Cyclohexyl-substituted poly(phosphonate)-copolymers with adjustable glass transition temperatures

2-Cyclohexyl-2-oxo-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane (cyHexPPn), a new monomer for the anionic ring-opening polymerization to poly(ethylene alkyl phosphonate)s is presented.

Graphical abstract: Cyclohexyl-substituted poly(phosphonate)-copolymers with adjustable glass transition temperatures
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Communication

Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) coated gold nanoparticles as colourimetric temperature and salt sensors

Thermoresponsive PNIPAM coated AuNPs having dual stabilisation by the polymer chains and the charges, has been utilised for the development of temperature and salt sensors.

Graphical abstract: Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) coated gold nanoparticles as colourimetric temperature and salt sensors
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Communication

Facile construction of fluorescent polymeric aggregates with various morphologies by self-assembly of supramolecular amphiphilic graft copolymers

Facile construction of fluorescent polymeric aggregates with various morphologies was realized by self-assembly of supramolecular amphiphilic graft copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Facile construction of fluorescent polymeric aggregates with various morphologies by self-assembly of supramolecular amphiphilic graft copolymers
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Communication

Thermoresponsive polymeric temperature sensors with broad sensing regimes

Polymeric temperature sensors with a broad sensing regime in aqueous solution have been developed.

Graphical abstract: Thermoresponsive polymeric temperature sensors with broad sensing regimes
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Communication

A double supramolecular crosslinked polymer gel exhibiting macroscale expansion and contraction behavior and multistimuli responsiveness

Here we report a novel supramolecular polymer gel containing two types of physical crosslinks that are orthogonal to each other. It shows macroscale expansion and contraction behavior and multistimuli responsiveness.

Graphical abstract: A double supramolecular crosslinked polymer gel exhibiting macroscale expansion and contraction behavior and multistimuli responsiveness
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Communication

Accelerated living cationic ring-opening polymerization of a methyl ester functionalized 2-oxazoline monomer

Kinetic studies on the homo- and copolymerization of 2-methoxycarboxyethyl-2-oxazoline with 2-methyl-2-oxazoline and 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline is discussed.

Graphical abstract: Accelerated living cationic ring-opening polymerization of a methyl ester functionalized 2-oxazoline monomer
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Communication

Photoredox catalyst-mediated atom transfer radical addition for polymer functionalization under visible light

A facile method for post-functionalization of polymers with side olefin groups was developed by visible light-mediated atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) employing a photoredox catalyst, fac-Ir(ppy)3.

Graphical abstract: Photoredox catalyst-mediated atom transfer radical addition for polymer functionalization under visible light
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Communication

Spatial and temporal control of drug release through pH and alternating magnetic field induced breakage of Schiff base bonds

A novel theranostic controlled drug delivery platform that binds the drug to the nanocarrier by utilising Schiff base bonds to achieve high spatial and temporal control over drug release.

Graphical abstract: Spatial and temporal control of drug release through pH and alternating magnetic field induced breakage of Schiff base bonds
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Communication

Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) – control over the morphology of nanoparticles for drug delivery applications

Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) – control over the morphology of nanoparticles for drug delivery applications.

Graphical abstract: Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) – control over the morphology of nanoparticles for drug delivery applications
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Communication

A triple thermoresponsive schizophrenic diblock copolymer

This article describes a new class of triple thermoresponsive ‘schizophrenic’ diblock copolymer that undergoes transitions from conventional micelles (or vesicles) via unimers to reverse micelles (or vesicles) and finally to a precipitated state upon heating.

Graphical abstract: A triple thermoresponsive schizophrenic diblock copolymer
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Communication

A supramolecular polymer formed by the combination of crown ether-based and charge-transfer molecular recognition

We report a supramolecular polymer constructed from two heteroditopic monomers driven by the combination of crown ether-based and charge-transfer molecular recognition.

Graphical abstract: A supramolecular polymer formed by the combination of crown ether-based and charge-transfer molecular recognition
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Communication

Direct nitroxide mediated (co)polymerization of 4-vinylphenylboronic acid as route towards sugar sensors

The synthesis of well-defined poly(4-vinylphenylboronic acid) is demonstrated by nitroxide mediated polymerization of this unprotected monomer. This polymer is shown to be both pH and sugar responsive while incorporation of solvatochromic dyes led to sensors.

Graphical abstract: Direct nitroxide mediated (co)polymerization of 4-vinylphenylboronic acid as route towards sugar sensors
From the themed collection: New methods of polymer synthesis
Communication

PMMA based soluble polymeric temperature sensors based on UCST transition and solvatochromic dyes

The UCST transition of dye-functionalized poly(methyl methacrylate)s results in UV/vis and fluorescent thermometers with a broad linear response in aqueous ethanol.

Graphical abstract: PMMA based soluble polymeric temperature sensors based on UCST transition and solvatochromic dyes
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Achieving molecular weight distribution shape control and broad dispersities using RAFT polymerizations

Metered additions of chain transfer agents are used to control molecular weight distribution (MWD) features in reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerizations, giving polymers with tailored MWD shapes and dispersities as high as 6.2.

Graphical abstract: Achieving molecular weight distribution shape control and broad dispersities using RAFT polymerizations
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Sustainable thermoplastic elastomers produced via cationic RAFT polymerization

Cationic polymerization enables production of sustainable thermoplastic elastomers constructed from renewable vinyl ethers and -p-methoxystyrene with properties consistent with their petroleum-derived counterparts.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable thermoplastic elastomers produced via cationic RAFT polymerization
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
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Photocontrolled cationic degenerate chain transfer polymerizations via thioacetal initiators

Photocontrolled cationic polymerizations controlled through a degenerate chain transfer process and photocatalyst turnover to recap propagating chains.

Graphical abstract: Photocontrolled cationic degenerate chain transfer polymerizations via thioacetal initiators
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Open Access Paper

Controlling the crystal structure of precisely spaced polyethylene-like polyphosphoesters

We report the synthesis and crystallization behavior of polyethylene-like polyphosphates with a precise spacing of 20, 30, and 40 methylene groups between each phosphate group, which determined the crystal structure, lamellar, and crystal thickness.

Graphical abstract: Controlling the crystal structure of precisely spaced polyethylene-like polyphosphoesters
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Predictive design of polymer molecular weight distributions in anionic polymerization

Polymer molecular weight distributions are targeted through kinetic modeled with high fidelity based on the temporal control of chain initiation in anionic polymerizations.

Graphical abstract: Predictive design of polymer molecular weight distributions in anionic polymerization
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A cocktail of vitamins for aqueous RAFT polymerization in an open-to-air microtiter plate

We report a highly biocompatible photoinitiation strategy based on Vitamin B2 and Vitamin C. This two-component photoinitiator enables RAFT polymerization to be conducted in high throughput in an open-to-air microtiter plate.

Graphical abstract: A cocktail of vitamins for aqueous RAFT polymerization in an open-to-air microtiter plate
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Hydrolytically-degradable homo- and copolymers of a strained exocyclic hemiacetal ester

We report the cationic ring-opening homo- and copolymerization of the 7-membered exocyclic hemiacetal ester 7-methoxyoxepan-2-one (MOPO) to afford poly(7-methoxyoxepan-2-one) [poly(MOPO)] and its copolymers with isobutyl vinyl ether (IBVE).

Graphical abstract: Hydrolytically-degradable homo- and copolymers of a strained exocyclic hemiacetal ester
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Open Access Paper

Self-catalysed folding of single chain nanoparticles (SCNPs) by NHC-mediated intramolecular benzoin condensation

A self-catalysed folding strategy to form single chain nanoparticles (SCNPs) was developed via an intramolecular N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-mediated benzoin condensation.

Graphical abstract: Self-catalysed folding of single chain nanoparticles (SCNPs) by NHC-mediated intramolecular benzoin condensation
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Open Access Paper

Giant polymersomes from non-assisted film hydration of phosphate-based block copolymers

Polybutadiene-block-poly(ethyl ethylene phosphate) can reproducibly self-assemble in large number into giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) by non-assisted film hydration, representing a stepping stone for better liposomes – substitutes towards the generation of artificial cells.

Graphical abstract: Giant polymersomes from non-assisted film hydration of phosphate-based block copolymers
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Open Access Paper

Reversible ionically-crosslinked single chain nanoparticles as bioinspired and recyclable nanoreactors for N-heterocyclic carbene organocatalysis

The intrinsic advantages of poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs), based on their high chemical activity and flexible structure, have been harnessed by exploring their applicability as catalytic single chain nanoparticles (SCNPs).

Graphical abstract: Reversible ionically-crosslinked single chain nanoparticles as bioinspired and recyclable nanoreactors for N-heterocyclic carbene organocatalysis
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Self-stabilized, hydrophobic or PEGylated paclitaxel polymer prodrug nanoparticles for cancer therapy

Facile derivatization of paclitaxel (Ptx) and subsequent “drug-initiated” synthesis of well-defined Ptx-polymer prodrugs was performed from nitroxide-mediated polymerization or reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Self-stabilized, hydrophobic or PEGylated paclitaxel polymer prodrug nanoparticles for cancer therapy
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Open Access Paper

Temperature responsive poly(phosphonate) copolymers: from single chains to macroscopic coacervates

Detailed investigation of the LCST phase separation mechanism of poly(ethylene alkyl phosphonate)- copolymers is presented.

Graphical abstract: Temperature responsive poly(phosphonate) copolymers: from single chains to macroscopic coacervates
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Open Access Paper

Surface-attached poly(phosphoester)-hydrogels with benzophenone groups

Photo-reactive poly(phosphoester)s (PPEs) forming surface-attached PPE-networks and hydrogels are presented.

Graphical abstract: Surface-attached poly(phosphoester)-hydrogels with benzophenone groups
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The application of blocked isocyanate chemistry in the development of tunable thermoresponsive crosslinkers

The synthesis of a novel monomer, methacryloyl pyrazole, and its subsequent reaction with diisocyanates to produce thermoresponsive crosslinkers is reported.

Graphical abstract: The application of blocked isocyanate chemistry in the development of tunable thermoresponsive crosslinkers
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Open Access Paper

Understanding the CDSA of poly(lactide) containing triblock copolymers

Using crystallization driven assembly (CDSA) the simple preparation of well-defined tuneable 1D and 2D structures based on poly(lactide) triblock copolymers is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the CDSA of poly(lactide) containing triblock copolymers
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Structure–cytotoxicity relationship of drug-initiated polymer prodrug nanoparticles

Cladribine (CdA)-based polymer prodrug nanoparticles were obtained by “drug-initiated” RAFT polymerization of squalenyl methacrylate (SqMA) from two different CdA-bearing chain transfer agents (CTAs) to evaluate the influence of the nature of the linkage between CdA and the CTA, and the bulkiness of the polymer, on the drug release and the biological performance.

Graphical abstract: Structure–cytotoxicity relationship of drug-initiated polymer prodrug nanoparticles
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Open Access Paper

The hydrolytic behavior of N,N′-(dimethylamino)ethyl acrylate-functionalized polymeric stars

Well-defined N,N′-(dimethylamino)ethyl acrylate (DMAEA) functionalized polymeric stars have been synthesized via an arm-first approach.

Graphical abstract: The hydrolytic behavior of N,N′-(dimethylamino)ethyl acrylate-functionalized polymeric stars
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Oxygen tolerant photopolymerization for ultralow volumes

A benchtop approach is developed for the synthesis of various polymeric architectures using an aqueous Reversible Addition–Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) photopolymerization technique.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen tolerant photopolymerization for ultralow volumes
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Open Access Paper

Comparison of photo- and thermally initiated polymerization-induced self-assembly: a lack of end group fidelity drives the formation of higher order morphologies

We demonstrate that the PISA of identical block copolymers by either a photo or thermally initiated approach leads to structures that are both chemically and morphologically distinct.

Graphical abstract: Comparison of photo- and thermally initiated polymerization-induced self-assembly: a lack of end group fidelity drives the formation of higher order morphologies
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Application of oxygen tolerant PET-RAFT to polymerization-induced self-assembly

The inhibitory effects of molecular oxygen in PET-RAFT polymerization can be overcome by the addition of singlet oxygen quenchers. This oxygen tolerant approach is compatible with a range of organic solvents and can be used to synthesize nanoparticles according to a PISA process.

Graphical abstract: Application of oxygen tolerant PET-RAFT to polymerization-induced self-assembly
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Open Access Paper

The living anionic polymerization of activated aziridines: a systematic study of reaction conditions and kinetics

The living anionic polymerization of sulfonyl aziridines is systematically studied by variation of solvents, temperatures, gegenions, and novel initiators.

Graphical abstract: The living anionic polymerization of activated aziridines: a systematic study of reaction conditions and kinetics
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Versatile oligomers and polymers from flavonoids – a new approach to synthesis

Antioxidant oligomers and polymers have been prepared from two flavonoids, catechin and quercetin, using a new facile technique.

Graphical abstract: Versatile oligomers and polymers from flavonoids – a new approach to synthesis
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Open Access Paper

Probing the causes of thermal hysteresis using tunable Nagg micelles with linear and brush-like thermoresponsive coronas

Self-assembled thermoresponsive polymers in aqueous solution have great potential as smart, switchable materials for use in biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Probing the causes of thermal hysteresis using tunable Nagg micelles with linear and brush-like thermoresponsive coronas
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Gadolinium-functionalized nanoparticles for application as magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents via polymerization-induced self-assembly

Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) is an easily applied synthetic technique for the preparation of polymer nanoparticles with various shapes and at high concentrations.

Graphical abstract: Gadolinium-functionalized nanoparticles for application as magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents via polymerization-induced self-assembly
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Synthesis of novel boronic acid-decorated poly(2-oxazoline)s showing triple-stimuli responsive behavior

The synthesis of novel boronic-acid decorated poly(2-oxazoline)s showing a glucose- and pH dependent thermal transition is reported.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of novel boronic acid-decorated poly(2-oxazoline)s showing triple-stimuli responsive behavior
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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A logic gate for external regulation of photopolymerization

The use of photocatalysts for visible light mediated reversible deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP) provides an efficient route for the synthesis of well-defined polymers with spatial, temporal and sequence control.

Graphical abstract: A logic gate for external regulation of photopolymerization
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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
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
Open Access Paper

N-Ferrocenylsulfonyl-2-methylaziridine: the first ferrocene monomer for the anionic (co)polymerization of aziridines

N-Ferrocenylsulfonyl-2-methylaziridine (fcMAz) is the first aziridine-based monomer functionalized at the sulfonamide and the first organometallic aziridine for the anionic ROP. It was polymerized to homo and copolymers (block or statistical) with adjustable molecular weights.

Graphical abstract: N-Ferrocenylsulfonyl-2-methylaziridine: the first ferrocene monomer for the anionic (co)polymerization of aziridines
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
Open Access Paper

Side-chain poly(phosphoramidate)s via acyclic diene metathesis polycondensation

Side-chain poly(phosphoramidate)s (PPAs) have been prepared by ADMET polycondensation and compared to structural analogues of poly(phosphoester)s. Thermal properties, stability, and crystallization behavior were analyzed. This is the first example for PPAs prepared by ADMET.

Graphical abstract: Side-chain poly(phosphoramidate)s via acyclic diene metathesis polycondensation
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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Efficient synthesis of 2-methylene-4-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane, a cyclic ketene acetal for controlling the NMP of methyl methacrylate and conferring tunable degradability

The efficient and reliable synthesis of 2-methylene-4-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane (MPDL) was reported and MPDL was used as a controlling comonomer for nitroxide-mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate to give degradable copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Efficient synthesis of 2-methylene-4-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane, a cyclic ketene acetal for controlling the NMP of methyl methacrylate and conferring tunable degradability
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
Open Access Paper

Micellar nanoparticles with tuneable morphologies through interactions between nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers in aqueous solution

Herein, we report the preparation of nucleobase-containing synthetic amphiphilic diblock copolymers using RAFT polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Micellar nanoparticles with tuneable morphologies through interactions between nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers in aqueous solution
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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Complexation of thermoresponsive dialkoxynaphthalene end-functionalized poly(oligoethylene glycol acrylate)s with CBPQT4+ in water

The effect of polymer structure and cloud point temperature on the supramolecular assembly of the naphthalene end-groups with cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT4+) is reported.

Graphical abstract: Complexation of thermoresponsive dialkoxynaphthalene end-functionalized poly(oligoethylene glycol acrylate)s with CBPQT4+ in water
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
Open Access Paper

Use of complementary nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers to prepare complex self-assembled morphologies in water

Amphiphilic block copolymers with synthetic nucleobase-containing blocks as the hydrophobic segments were successfully synthesized using RAFT polymerisation and then self-assembled via solvent switch in aqueous solutions.

Graphical abstract: Use of complementary nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers to prepare complex self-assembled morphologies in water
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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Effect of gold nanoparticle shapes for phototherapy and drug delivery

In this study, we compared three different hybrid gold nanoparticle shapes (spherical, rod and star) for photothermal therapy and the delivery of doxorubicin.

Graphical abstract: Effect of gold nanoparticle shapes for phototherapy and drug delivery
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Extremely rapid and versatile synthesis of high molecular weight step growth polymers via oxime click chemistry

Extremely rapid step growth polymerization was achieved using an oxime click chemistry approach.

Graphical abstract: Extremely rapid and versatile synthesis of high molecular weight step growth polymers via oxime click chemistry
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Efficient functionalisation of dextran-aldehyde with catechin: potential applications in the treatment of cancer

Dextran aldehyde was functionalised with up to 38 wt% catechin and the resulting conjugate demonstrated cytotoxic efficacy against neuroblastoma cells.

Graphical abstract: Efficient functionalisation of dextran-aldehyde with catechin: potential applications in the treatment of cancer
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Poly(2-cycloalkyl-2-oxazoline)s: high melting temperature polymers solely based on Debye and Keesom van der Waals interactions

The synthesis of new 2-cycloalkyl-2-oxazoline monomers, namely 2-cyclobutyl (cBuOx), 2-cyclopentyl (cPentOx) and 2-cyclohexyl-2-oxazoline (cHexOx) is described. Polymers thereof are semi-crystalline and reveal unexpectedly high melting transitions.

Graphical abstract: Poly(2-cycloalkyl-2-oxazoline)s: high melting temperature polymers solely based on Debye and Keesom van der Waals interactions
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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Solvent-free mechanochemical synthesis of a bicyclononyne tosylate: a fast route towards bioorthogonal clickable poly(2-oxazoline)s

The mechanochemical synthesis of a bicyclononyne tosylate (BCN-OTs) and its subsequent use for the CROP of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline yielding bioorthogonal clickable poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) is presented.

Graphical abstract: Solvent-free mechanochemical synthesis of a bicyclononyne tosylate: a fast route towards bioorthogonal clickable poly(2-oxazoline)s
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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
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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
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Versatile side chain modification via isocyanide-based multicomponent reactions: tuning the LCST of poly(2-oxazoline)s

Poly(2-oxazoline)s are receiving large current interest based on their potential use in biomedical applications. Here we report a novel, straightforward route towards functional poly(2-oxazoline)s by Passerini and Ugi reactions.

Graphical abstract: Versatile side chain modification via isocyanide-based multicomponent reactions: tuning the LCST of poly(2-oxazoline)s
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Dye immobilization in halochromic nanofibers through blend electrospinning of a dye-containing copolymer and polyamide-6

Halochromic polyamide6-based fabrics with drastically reduced dye-leaching through blend electrospinning of PA6 with dye-functionalized copolymer.

Graphical abstract: Dye immobilization in halochromic nanofibers through blend electrospinning of a dye-containing copolymer and polyamide-6
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Surface modification of polydopamine coated particles via glycopolymer brush synthesis for protein binding and FLIM testing

Polymer coatings on silica cores as well as fluorescent protein binding and fluorescent lifetime analysis.

Graphical abstract: Surface modification of polydopamine coated particles via glycopolymer brush synthesis for protein binding and FLIM testing
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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About this collection

This collection highlights winners of the Polymer Chemistry Lectureship. This annual award was established in 2015 to honour an early-stage career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the polymer chemistry field.
The 2021 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship was awarded to Brett Fors (Cornell University). Brett P. Fors was born in Montana and carried out his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Montana State University (2006). He went on to do his Ph.D. (2011) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. After his doctoral studies, he became an Elings Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara working with Professor Craig J. Hawker. In of 2014, he joined the faculty at Cornell University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. His group’s research focuses on the development and application of new synthetic methods for polymer science.
This collection features articles published in Polymer Chemistry from Brett Fors, as well as the six previous lectureship winners:
2020 - Rachel O’Reilly, University of Birmingham, UK
2019 - Frederick Wurm, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
2018 - Cyrille Boyer, University of New South Wales, Australia
2017 - Julien Nicolas, Université Paris Sud, France
2016 - Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University, China
2015 - Richard Hoogenboom, Ghent University, Belgium

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