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Themed collection Celebrating The Five-Year Anniversary of Polymer Chemistry

22 items
Review Article

Combining surface topography with polymer chemistry: exploring new interfacial biological phenomena

This review focuses on combining surface topography and surface chemical modification by the grafting of polymers to develop optimal material interfaces with synergistic properties and functions for biological and biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Combining surface topography with polymer chemistry: exploring new interfacial biological phenomena
Communication

Renewable, fluorescent, and thermoresponsive: cellulose copolymers via light-induced ligation in solution

We introduce a mild photochemically driven strategy for the synthesis of fluorescent cellulose copolymers in solution using filter paper as the starting material.

Graphical abstract: Renewable, fluorescent, and thermoresponsive: cellulose copolymers via light-induced ligation in solution
Communication

Thiol-reactive Passerini-methacrylates and polymorphic surface functional soft matter nanoparticles via ethanolic RAFT dispersion polymerization and post-synthesis modification

RAFT dispersion polymerization (RAFTDP) is used to prepare reactive nanoparticles via the incorporation of Passerini-derived methacrylic comonomers containing pentafluorophenyl (PFP) groups.

Graphical abstract: Thiol-reactive Passerini-methacrylates and polymorphic surface functional soft matter nanoparticles via ethanolic RAFT dispersion polymerization and post-synthesis modification
Communication

Amphiphilic diselenide-containing supramolecular polymers

This communication describes the fabrication of diselenide-containing supramolecular polymers.

Graphical abstract: Amphiphilic diselenide-containing supramolecular polymers
Communication

A facile approach to hydrophilic, reverse zwitterionic, choline phosphate polymers

We describe a facile synthesis of an n-butyl substituted choline phosphate monomer (MBP), and its polymerization to afford polyMBP and its copolymers. PolyMBP provides access to water-soluble choline phosphate polymers that by cell culture analysis exhibit low toxicity and immunogenicity.

Graphical abstract: A facile approach to hydrophilic, reverse zwitterionic, choline phosphate polymers
Communication

Supramolecular polymers synthesized by thiol–ene click polymerization from supramonomers

This communication describes supramolecular polymers fabricated by thiol–ene click polymerization from supramonomers.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular polymers synthesized by thiol–ene click polymerization from supramonomers
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
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Lectureship Winners
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
Open Access Paper

Polymerization of 5-alkyl δ-lactones catalyzed by diphenyl phosphate and their sequential organocatalytic polymerization with monosubstituted epoxides

One-pot sequential organocatalytic polymerization reactions of 5-alkyl δ-lactones and monosubstituted epoxides were carried out using the base→acid “catalyst switch” strategy, leading to well-defined polyether–polyester block copolymers with various alkyl substituents.

Graphical abstract: Polymerization of 5-alkyl δ-lactones catalyzed by diphenyl phosphate and their sequential organocatalytic polymerization with monosubstituted epoxides
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Polymerization induced self-assembly: tuning of nano-object morphology by use of CO2

A novel method for synthesis of polymeric nano-objects via polymerization-induced self-assembly in a CO2-expanded medium has been developed.

Graphical abstract: Polymerization induced self-assembly: tuning of nano-object morphology by use of CO2
Paper

Aqueous SET-LRP catalyzed with “in situ” generated Cu(0) demonstrates surface mediated activation and bimolecular termination

Ultrafast, inversely temperature dependent aqueous SET-LRP with “in situ” generated Cu(0) yields quantitative chain-ends demonstrating surface mediated activation and termination.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous SET-LRP catalyzed with “in situ” generated Cu(0) demonstrates surface mediated activation and bimolecular termination
Paper

Ultrafast RAFT polymerization: multiblock copolymers within minutes

A remarkably efficient and versatile procedure for the preparation of multiblock copolymers is presented.

Graphical abstract: Ultrafast RAFT polymerization: multiblock copolymers within minutes
Paper

Triblock and pentablock terpolymers by sequential base-assisted living cationic copolymerization of functionalized vinyl ethers

A series of novel, well-defined triblock and pentablock terpolymers of n-butyl vinyl ether (nBVE), 2-chloroethyl vinyl ether (CEVE) and tert-butyldimethylsilyl ethylene glycol vinyl ether (SiEGVE) were synthesized by sequential base-assisted living cationic polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Triblock and pentablock terpolymers by sequential base-assisted living cationic copolymerization of functionalized vinyl ethers
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Amphiphilic/fluorous random copolymers as a new class of non-cytotoxic polymeric materials for protein conjugation

Amphiphilic/fluorous random copolymers bearing poly(ethylene glycol) chains and perfluorinated alkane pendants were developed as novel non-cytotoxic polymeric materials for protein conjugation.

Graphical abstract: Amphiphilic/fluorous random copolymers as a new class of non-cytotoxic polymeric materials for protein conjugation
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RAFT-prepared α-difunctional poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone)s and their derivatives: synthesis and effect of end-groups on aqueous inverse temperature solubility

Five R-group di-functional dithiobenzoates have been prepared and used in the reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization of 2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone.

Graphical abstract: RAFT-prepared α-difunctional poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone)s and their derivatives: synthesis and effect of end-groups on aqueous inverse temperature solubility
Open Access Paper

Amphiphilic block copolymers featuring a reversible hetero Diels-Alder linkage

The present article reports the preparation of a novel class of switchable amphiphilic diblock copolymers with a temperature switchable linkage.

Graphical abstract: Amphiphilic block copolymers featuring a reversible hetero Diels-Alder linkage
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SET-LRP of semifluorinated acrylates and methacrylates

For the first time SET-LRP of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl acrylate, 2,2,3,3,4,4,4-heptafluorobutyl acrylate, 1H,1H,5H-octafluoropentyl acrylate and 1H,1H,5H-octafluoropentyl methacrylate in 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol as the solvent at 25 °C for acrylates and at 50 °C for methacrylate was accomplished.

Graphical abstract: SET-LRP of semifluorinated acrylates and methacrylates
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Facile synthesis, sequence-tuned thermoresponsive behaviours and reaction-induced reorganization of water-soluble keto-polymers

Water-soluble keto-polymers: facile synthesis in methanol on irradiation with visible light at 25 °C, sequence-tuned thermoresponsive behaviours and reaction-induced reorganization.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis, sequence-tuned thermoresponsive behaviours and reaction-induced reorganization of water-soluble keto-polymers
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Redox-responsive core cross-linked micelles based on cypate and cisplatin prodrugs-conjugated block copolymers for synergistic photothermal–chemotherapy of cancer

A synergistic effect of photothermal and chemotherapy of cancers was demonstrated using redox-responsive core cross-linked micelles fabricated from cypate and cisplatin prodrugs-conjugated block copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Redox-responsive core cross-linked micelles based on cypate and cisplatin prodrugs-conjugated block copolymers for synergistic photothermal–chemotherapy of cancer
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Asymmetrically functionalized β-cyclodextrin-based star copolymers for integrated gene delivery and magnetic resonance imaging contrast enhancement

Cyclodextrin-cored star copolymers exhibit dual functions of gene delivery vectors and magnetic resonance imaging contrast enhancement.

Graphical abstract: Asymmetrically functionalized β-cyclodextrin-based star copolymers for integrated gene delivery and magnetic resonance imaging contrast enhancement
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Synthesis of nanogel–protein conjugates

The synthesis of protein-labelled, degradable nanogels, which are loaded with hydrophobic guest molecules, is shown. These conjugate nanomaterials may be useful for targeted drug delivery applications.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of nanogel–protein conjugates
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Controlled folding of polystyrene single chains: design of asymmetric covalent bridges

α-Shaped polystyrene origamis with variable sizes and loop diameters were synthesized by intramolecular folding of sequence-controlled reactive polymers containing precisely localized alkyne and activated ester functions.

Graphical abstract: Controlled folding of polystyrene single chains: design of asymmetric covalent bridges
From the themed collection: New methods of polymer synthesis
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About this collection

In order to mark the 5th anniversary of Polymer Chemistry, we are delighted to announce a symposium entitled “Celebrating The Fifth Year Anniversary of Polymer Chemistry” which will take place on 22nd March 2015 at the upcoming 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, in Denver, CO, USA. Organised by Editor-in-Chief David Haddleton and Associate Editors Wei You and Brent Summerlin, the symposium will provide a stimulating variety of talks from a distinguished line-up of speakers, including: Nikolaos Hadjichristidis, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Jean-François Lutz, Sebastien Perrier, Cyrille Boyer, Andrew Lowe, Virgil Percec, Heather Maynard, Xi Zhang, Hong Chen, Shiyong Liu and Todd Emrick. We hope you can attend!

As an accompaniment to this symposium, we have produced a web themed collection of recent papers published by the symposium speakers in the hope that they might provide a helpful background to the exciting work being discussed. We are fortunate to have published so many papers by these eminent authors, and we are pleased to showcase them alongside the symposium.

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