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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.

Graphical abstract: Reconsidering terms for mechanisms of polymer growth: the “step-growth” and “chain-growth” dilemma
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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The signal-to-noise issue in mass spectrometric analysis of polymers

Mass spectrometric approaches to polymer analysis become increasingly ineffective as average molecular weight increases. This perspective explains these fundamental limits of MS for determining molecular weight distribution of high polymers.

Graphical abstract: The signal-to-noise issue in mass spectrometric analysis of polymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Chemical design and synthesis of macromolecular profluorescent nitroxide systems as self-reporting probes
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Tuning dispersity of linear polymers and polymeric brushes grown from nanoparticles by atom transfer radical polymerization

Molecular weight distribution imposes considerable influence on the properties of polymers, making it an important parameter, impacting morphology and structural behavior of polymeric materials.

Graphical abstract: Tuning dispersity of linear polymers and polymeric brushes grown from nanoparticles by atom transfer radical polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Evolution and applications of polymer brush hypersurface photolithography

Hypersurface photolithography creates arbitrary polymer brush patterns with independent control over feature diameter, height, and spacing between features, while controlling composition along a polymer chain and between features.

Graphical abstract: Evolution and applications of polymer brush hypersurface photolithography
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Reversible complexation mediated polymerization: an emerging type of organocatalytically controlled radical polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: From macromonomers to bottlebrush copolymers with sequence control: synthesis, properties, and applications
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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End-functionalized polymers by controlled/living radical polymerizations: synthesis and applications

This review focuses on end-functionalized polymers synthesized by controlled/living radical polymerizations and the applications in fields including bioconjugate formation, surface modification, topology construction, and self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: End-functionalized polymers by controlled/living radical polymerizations: synthesis and applications
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Microporous poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene glycol dimethyl acrylate) microspheres: synthesis, functionalization and applications

As a new kind of functional material, micron-sized porous polymer microspheres are a hot research topic in the field of polymer materials.

Graphical abstract: Microporous poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene glycol dimethyl acrylate) microspheres: synthesis, functionalization and applications
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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A guide towards safe, functional and renewable BPA alternatives by rational molecular design: structure–property and structure–toxicity relationships

Putting the pieces together: a guide for rational molecular design of safe, functional and renewable BPA alternatives.

Graphical abstract: A guide towards safe, functional and renewable BPA alternatives by rational molecular design: structure–property and structure–toxicity relationships
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Synthesis of telechelic polyolefins

A comprehensive review of all the methodologies developed for the synthesis of telechelic polyolefins is reported.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of telechelic polyolefins
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Investigation of two-photon polymerized microstructures using fluorescence lifetime measurements
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: 3D printed elastomers with Sylgard-184-like mechanical properties and tuneable degradability
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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).

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymer micelles with pH/photothermal-responsive carmofur release and combined chemo-photothermal therapy
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Azine- and imine-linked conjugated polyHIPEs through Schiff-base condensation reaction

A new alternative synthetic route to the transition-metal free π-conjugated polyHIPEs is reported, which combines the Schiff-base condensation reaction and an emulsion-templating technology.

Graphical abstract: Azine- and imine-linked conjugated polyHIPEs through Schiff-base condensation reaction
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Nonstoichiometric hydroarylation polyaddition for synthesis of pyrrole-based poly(arylenevinylene)s

Nonstoichiometric polyaddition via the Co-catalyzed hydroarylation of diyne monomers with excess 1-(2-pyrimidinyl)pyrrole was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Nonstoichiometric hydroarylation polyaddition for synthesis of pyrrole-based poly(arylenevinylene)s
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Upconversion nanoparticle-assisted cationic and radical/cationic hybrid photopolymerization using sulfonium salts

Several sulfonium salts as unimolecular photoinitiators can efficiently initiate UCNP-assisted direct cationic and radial/cationic photopolymerization under 980 nm NIR light irradiation.

Graphical abstract: Upconversion nanoparticle-assisted cationic and radical/cationic hybrid photopolymerization using sulfonium salts
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Multipath oxygen-mediated PET-RAFT polymerization by a conjugated organic polymer photocatalyst under red LED irradiation

TCPP-DMTA-COP has been synthesized and serves as a heterogeneous photocatalyst in a multipath aerobic-mediated reductive quenching pathway (O-RQP) for a PET-RAFT polymerization process.

Graphical abstract: Multipath oxygen-mediated PET-RAFT polymerization by a conjugated organic polymer photocatalyst under red LED irradiation
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Reversible cyclic-linear topological transformation using a long-range rotaxane switch

A reversible linear-cyclic topological transformation of polymers facilitated by a long-range rotaxane switch.

Graphical abstract: Reversible cyclic-linear topological transformation using a long-range rotaxane switch
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Sustainable synthesis of CO2-derived polycarbonates from D-xylose

Synthetic transformation of D-xylose into a four-membered cyclic ether allows for reactions with CO2 leading to linear polycarbonates by either ring-opening copolymerisation directly or by isolation of a six-membered cyclic carbonate followed by ring-opening polymerisation.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable synthesis of CO2-derived polycarbonates from d-xylose
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Mediating covalent crosslinking of single-chain nanoparticles through solvophobicity in organic solvents

The photoinduced intrachain crosslinking of coumarin-containing copolymers in various organic solvents was mediated through the solvophobic effect, providing control over the reaction rate and the compaction of the final single-chain nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Mediating covalent crosslinking of single-chain nanoparticles through solvophobicity in organic solvents
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Tailoring intermolecular interactions in ion gels with rationally designed phosphonic acid polymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Networks
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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.

Graphical abstract: A block copolymer templated approach for the preparation of nanoporous polymer structures and cellulose fiber hybrids by ozone treatment
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Donor modification of thermally activated delayed fluorescence photosensitizers for organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Ductile gas barrier poly(ester–amide)s derived from glycolide
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and derivatization of epoxy-functional sterically-stabilized diblock copolymer spheres in non-polar media: does the spatial location of the epoxy groups matter?
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecularly cross-linked nanoassemblies of self-immolative polyurethane from recycled plastic waste: high encapsulation stability and the triggered release of guest molecules
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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).

Graphical abstract: Influence of the molecular weight and size distribution of PSS on mixed ionic-electronic transport in PEDOT:PSS
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Benzothiazole-disulfide based redox-responsive polymers: facile access to reversibly functionalizable polymeric coatings
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Bio-based porphyrins pyropheophorbide a and its Zn-complex as visible-light photosensitizers for free-radical photopolymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Processes for coating surfaces with a copolymer made from sulfur and dicyclopentadiene

A copolymer made from sulfur and dicyclopentadiene was useful as a mercury sorbent, and also as a protective and repairable coating.

Graphical abstract: Processes for coating surfaces with a copolymer made from sulfur and dicyclopentadiene
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: The role of transesterifications in reversible polycondensations and a reinvestigation of the Jacobson–Beckmann–Stockmayer experiments
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Poly(N-cyanoethylacrylamide), a new thermoresponsive homopolymer presenting both LCST and UCST behavior in water
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Trifluoromethoxy-substituted nickel catalysts for producing highly branched polyethylenes: impact of solvent, activator and N,N′-ligand on polymer properties
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Effect of halogen and solvent on iron-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization

Efficient exchange of Br in iron-catalyzed ATRP in anisole provided well-controlled polymers with low dispersity as opposed to the Cl-based initiating system, which resulted in large dispersities due to the slower activation/deactivation with Cl.

Graphical abstract: Effect of halogen and solvent on iron-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Computational design of next generation atom transfer radical polymerization ligands
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Acridinium salts as photoredox organocatalysts for photomediated cationic RAFT and DT polymerizations of vinyl ethers

A series of acridinium salts with high excited-state oxidative power are employed as photoredox organocatalysts for photomediated cationic RAFT and DT polymerizations under visible light.

Graphical abstract: Acridinium salts as photoredox organocatalysts for photomediated cationic RAFT and DT polymerizations of vinyl ethers
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Multi-tunable aggregation behaviors of thermo/pH-responsive toothbrush-like and jellyfish-like copolymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Chain-growth click copolymerization for the synthesis of branched copolymers with tunable branching densities
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Photo-chemically induced polycondensation of a pure phenolic resin for additive manufacturing
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Polyrhodamine: a redox stable conducting polyelectrolyte

First example of a redox stable conducting polymer with a rhodamine backbone.

Graphical abstract: Polyrhodamine: a redox stable conducting polyelectrolyte
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Two luminescent film sensors constructed from new lanthanide coordination polymers for ratiometric detection of Zn2+ and NH3 in water and their white emission properties

Two luminescent film sensors constructed from new lanthanide coordination polymers based on a new tetra-monodentated ligand for ratiometric detection of Zn2+ and NH3 in water were developed.

Graphical abstract: Two luminescent film sensors constructed from new lanthanide coordination polymers for ratiometric detection of Zn2+ and NH3 in water and their white emission properties
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Star-like poly(peptoid)s with selective antibacterial activity
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Room-temperature Barbier single-atom polymerization induced emission as a versatile approach for the utilization of monofunctional carboxylic acid resources

Barbier polymerization is realized at room-temperature with single-atom polymerization and polymerization-induced emission characteristics, which exhibits capability on sensitive explosive detection and artificial light-harvesting system fabrication.

Graphical abstract: Room-temperature Barbier single-atom polymerization induced emission as a versatile approach for the utilization of monofunctional carboxylic acid resources
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Organobase 1,1,3,3-tetramethyl guanidine catalyzed rapid ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides adaptive to amine, alcohol and carboxyl acid initiators

For amine, hydroxyl and carboxyl terminated initiators, the organobase 1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidine (TMG) catalyzes the rapid polymerization to afford polypeptides with controllable molecular weights and dispersities.

Graphical abstract: Organobase 1,1,3,3-tetramethyl guanidine catalyzed rapid ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides adaptive to amine, alcohol and carboxyl acid initiators
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Controlled copolymerization of α-NCAs and α-NNTAs for preparing peptide/peptoid hybrid polymers with adjustable proteolysis

The living and controlled copolymerization of α-NCAs and α-NNTAs enables the facile synthesis of peptide/peptoid hybrid polymers with an alternating-like distribution of residues and adjustable proteolysis by varying the proportion of peptoid residues.

Graphical abstract: Controlled copolymerization of α-NCAs and α-NNTAs for preparing peptide/peptoid hybrid polymers with adjustable proteolysis
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Controlling mechanical properties of 3D printed polymer composites through photoinduced reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization

Reversible addition–fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization has been exploited to design silica-nanoparticle-incorporated photocurable resins for 3D printing of materials with enhanced mechanical properties and complex structures.

Graphical abstract: Controlling mechanical properties of 3D printed polymer composites through photoinduced reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Insights into the co-assemblies formed by different aromatic short-peptide amphiphiles

The mechanism of co-assembly of different aromatic dipeptides has been studied using a combination of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. At an equimolar ratio, the kinetics of the process is favored giving rise to alternate copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Insights into the co-assemblies formed by different aromatic short-peptide amphiphiles
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Rapid, green synthesis of high performance viscosifiers via a photoiniferter approach for water-based drilling fluids

The generation of high-performance materials under benign conditions is very much needed in the efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of oil and gas explorations.

Graphical abstract: Rapid, green synthesis of high performance viscosifiers via a photoiniferter approach for water-based drilling fluids
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Aqueous ROPISA of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides: polypeptide block secondary structure controls nanoparticle shape anisotropy

Ring-Opening Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (ROPISA) of N-carboxyanhydride is an efficient one-step process to obtain nanomaterials made of polypeptides.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous ROPISA of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides: polypeptide block secondary structure controls nanoparticle shape anisotropy
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Highly efficient vinylic addition polymerization of 5-vinyl-2-norbornene using benzylic palladium complexes as precatalysts

A very small amount of a palladium benzylic complex as initiator brings about the vinylic addition polymerization of the reluctant 5-vinyl-2-norbornene.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient vinylic addition polymerization of 5-vinyl-2-norbornene using benzylic palladium complexes as precatalysts
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Multisegmented polymers via step-growth and RAFT miniemulsion polymerization

We report a method to efficiently prepare multisegmented polymers via a combination of step-growth (SG) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Multisegmented polymers via step-growth and RAFT miniemulsion polymerization
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One-pot synthesis and aqueous solution properties of pH-responsive schizophrenic diblock copolymer nanoparticles prepared via RAFT aqueous dispersion polymerization

Well-defined doubly pH-responsive schizophrenic diblock copolymer nanoparticles with tunable isoelectric points are prepared via RAFT aqueous dispersion polymerization using an efficient one-pot protocol.

Graphical abstract: One-pot synthesis and aqueous solution properties of pH-responsive schizophrenic diblock copolymer nanoparticles prepared via RAFT aqueous dispersion polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Synthesis, structure and properties of copolymers of syndiotactic polypropylene with 1-hexene and 1-octene

Incorporation of long branches, such as 1-hexene or 1-octene, in syndiotactic polypropylene gives novel elastomeric materials, whose crystallization behavior and elastic properties can be easily tailored through tuning of the branches concentration.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, structure and properties of copolymers of syndiotactic polypropylene with 1-hexene and 1-octene
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization of methyl methacrylate: observation of unexpected constraints when employing a non-ionic steric stabilizer block

Using a non-ionic steric stabilizer for the RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization of methyl methacrylate leads to flocculated nanoparticles when targeting DPs > 100; there is no such constraint when employing an anionic stabilizer block.

Graphical abstract: RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization of methyl methacrylate: observation of unexpected constraints when employing a non-ionic steric stabilizer block
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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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.

Graphical abstract: Modification of polybutadiene with trifluoromethyl and clickable azide groups in one shot
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Alginate-based diblock polymers: preparation, characterization and Ca-induced self-assembly

Renewable resources can provide a range of different polysaccharide blocks that can be used to prepare new types of stimuli-responsive polysaccharide-based block copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Alginate-based diblock polymers: preparation, characterization and Ca-induced self-assembly
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Block copolymers comprising degradable poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) analogues via copper-free click chemistry

We present the synthesis development of amphiphilic, degradable poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEtOx) analogue block copolymers in a modular fashion utilizing the strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC).

Graphical abstract: Block copolymers comprising degradable poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) analogues via copper-free click chemistry
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Photo-switchable smart superhydrophobic surface with controllable superwettability

An azobenzene-based smart superhydrophobic surface undergoes reversible transformations among multiple bioinspired superwetting states through photo-manipulation, demonstrating promising potential on a rewritable platform for droplet transportation.

Graphical abstract: Photo-switchable smart superhydrophobic surface with controllable superwettability
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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The influences of monomer structure and solvent on the radical copolymerization of tertiary amine and PEGylated methacrylates

This work presents a meticulous and rigorous investigation of reactivity ratios of commonly used monomers (PEGMA, DEAEMA, and DMAEMA) with high importance for stimuli-responsive materials; a copolymerization mini-library with 9 systems is reported.

Graphical abstract: The influences of monomer structure and solvent on the radical copolymerization of tertiary amine and PEGylated methacrylates
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Polyesters with bio-based ferulic acid units: crosslinking paves the way to property consolidation

A bio-based ferulic acid monomer is inserted in random terpolyesters with high molar mass and offers the possibility of crosslinking after processing. Both ferulate monomer and solvent-free polycondensation make the new materials more sustainable.

Graphical abstract: Polyesters with bio-based ferulic acid units: crosslinking paves the way to property consolidation
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Reversible polycondensations outside the Jacobson–Stockmayer theory and a new concept of reversible polycondensations

Reversible polycondensations exist involving intermolecular transesterification in the absence of back-biting, which may be understood as part of a so-called ‘polycondensation triangle’ based on the definition of three polycondensation classes.

Graphical abstract: Reversible polycondensations outside the Jacobson–Stockmayer theory and a new concept of reversible polycondensations
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Green light LED activated ligation of a scalable, versatile chalcone chromophore

Herein we present a photoreactive chalcone moiety that can be synthesized at a scale of several grams with ease, and can efficiently undergo a [2 + 2] photocycloaddition with light close to 500 nm as determined by an action plot.

Graphical abstract: Green light LED activated ligation of a scalable, versatile chalcone chromophore
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Extremely tough and healable elastomer realized via reducing the crystallinity of its rigid domain

We propose a new concept, called “toughening the rigidity”, for the field of self-healing materials.

Graphical abstract: Extremely tough and healable elastomer realized via reducing the crystallinity of its rigid domain
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Crystallization and self-assembly of shape-complementary sequence-defined peptoids

Shape complementarity between polymers is a hallmark of biological systems (e.g. DNA base pairing and protein binding interactions). Here we explore the role of shape complementarity between sequence-defined N-alkyl peptoids in crystal lattices.

Graphical abstract: Crystallization and self-assembly of shape-complementary sequence-defined peptoids
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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The effect of THF and the chelating modifier DTHFP on the copolymerisation of β-myrcene and styrene: kinetics, microstructures, morphologies, and mechanical properties

Polar modifiers strongly affect the statistical anionic copolymerization of biobased β-myrcene with styrene, leading to a variety of morphologies.

Graphical abstract: The effect of THF and the chelating modifier DTHFP on the copolymerisation of β-myrcene and styrene: kinetics, microstructures, morphologies, and mechanical properties
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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The effect of chiral end groups on the assembly of supramolecular polyurethanes

We describe the generation of supramolecular polyurethanes and the positive effect that chirality has upon the physical properties of these materials.

Graphical abstract: The effect of chiral end groups on the assembly of supramolecular polyurethanes
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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UV-curable hyperbranched poly(ester-co-vinyl) by radical ring-opening copolymerization for antifouling coatings

UV-curable hyperbranched poly(ester-co-vinyl) has been prepared by radical ring-opening copolymerization of cyclic monomers and vinyl monomers, and it exhibits tunable degradation and fouling resistance.

Graphical abstract: UV-curable hyperbranched poly(ester-co-vinyl) by radical ring-opening copolymerization for antifouling coatings
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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A fluoropolymer with a low dielectric constant at a high frequency derived from bio-based anethole

The copolymerization between a fluoro-containing monomer derived from bio-based anethole and a benzocyclobutene (BCB)-containing monomer gave a polymer with good dielectric properties and low water uptake.

Graphical abstract: A fluoropolymer with a low dielectric constant at a high frequency derived from bio-based anethole
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Does the oxa-Michael reaction of 2-trifluoromethacrylic acid lead to fluorinated polyesters?

2-Trifluoromethacrylic acid (MAF) is a peculiar fluorinated functional monomer.

Graphical abstract: Does the oxa-Michael reaction of 2-trifluoromethacrylic acid lead to fluorinated polyesters?
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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