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Recent advances in RAFT polymerization of monomers derived from renewable resources

In this Minireview, RAFT polymerization of monomers derived from renewable resources is explored. Methods used to prepare these monomers are discussed, and potential applications of the resulting renewable polymers are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in RAFT polymerization of monomers derived from renewable resources
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Review Article

Hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering: the importance of polymer choice

We explore the design and synthesis of hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering from the perspective of the underlying polymer chemistry. The key polymers, properties and architectures used, and their effect on tissue growth are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering: the importance of polymer choice
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Review Article

Tuning chromatic response, sensitivity, and specificity of polydiacetylene-based sensors

In this review, we provide an overview of six major techniques to tune the sensitivity and specificity of polydiacetylene-based sensors.

Graphical abstract: Tuning chromatic response, sensitivity, and specificity of polydiacetylene-based sensors
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Accepted Manuscript - Communication

Forcing single-chain nanoparticle collapse through hydrophobic solvent interactions in comb copolymers

From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Open Access Accepted Manuscript - Communication

The unrevealed potential of elemental sulfur for the synthesis of high sulfur content bio-based aliphatic polyesters

From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Polyelectrolyte hydrogel capsules as stabilizers for reconfigurable complex emulsions

Polyelectrolyte capsules stabilize biphasic oil droplets while preserving droplet reconfigurability in the presence of surfactants.

Graphical abstract: Polyelectrolyte hydrogel capsules as stabilizers for reconfigurable complex emulsions
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Recoverable and recyclable nickel–cobalt magnetic alloy nanoparticle catalyzed reversible deactivation radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate at 25 °C

Recyclable Ni–Co alloy catalyzed synthesis of well-defined poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA, up to 129 500 g mol−1) with narrow-dispersity (Đ = 1.30) via a reversible deactivation radical polymerization technique is reported.

Graphical abstract: Recoverable and recyclable nickel–cobalt magnetic alloy nanoparticle catalyzed reversible deactivation radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate at 25 °C
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Investigating the self-assembly and shape transformation of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactide) (PEG-PDLLA) polymersomes by tailoring solvent-polymer interactions

Different ratios between THF and dioxane were used to study the effect of organic solvent composition on the self-assembly and subsequent shape-change of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactide) (PEG-PDLLA) polymersomes.

Graphical abstract: Investigating the self-assembly and shape transformation of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(d,l-lactide) (PEG-PDLLA) polymersomes by tailoring solvent-polymer interactions
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Synthesis and visualization of molecular brush-on-brush based hierarchically branched structures

An atom transfer radical polymerization-mediated sequential “graft-from” approach was developed to synthesize molecular brush-on-brush (MBoB)-based hierarchically branched polymers with readily tunable structural parameters.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and visualization of molecular brush-on-brush based hierarchically branched structures
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Arm-degradable star polymers with crosslinked ladder-motif cores as a route to soluble microporous nanoparticles

Star polymers were synthesized via cores crosslinking of (macro)molecular ladder motifs and converted to microporous polymer particles after arm degradation.

Graphical abstract: Arm-degradable star polymers with crosslinked ladder-motif cores as a route to soluble microporous nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Switching of the conformational flexibility of a diazacyclooctane-containing ladder polymer by coordination and elimination of a Lewis acid

We report the first system of ladder polymers capable of interconversion between rigid and flexible conformations by coordination and elimination of a Lewis acid (BPh2Cl) on diazacyclooctane units in the main chain.

Graphical abstract: Switching of the conformational flexibility of a diazacyclooctane-containing ladder polymer by coordination and elimination of a Lewis acid
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Probing the morphology evolution of chemically anisotropic colloids prepared by homopolymerization- and copolymerization-induced phase separation

Chemically anisotropic colloids prepared by polymerization-induced phase separation during seeded emulsion polymerization with non-crosslinked seeds reveals tunability in both surface and interior properties based on the morphology evolution.

Graphical abstract: Probing the morphology evolution of chemically anisotropic colloids prepared by homopolymerization- and copolymerization-induced phase separation
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Pulsed-addition ring-opening metathesis polymerization with functional enyne reagents

Functional enyne reagents enable the synthesis of low dispersity heterotelechelic polymers using catalytic quantities of ruthenium initiator.

Graphical abstract: Pulsed-addition ring-opening metathesis polymerization with functional enyne reagents
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

A fluorescent platinum(II) metallacycle-cored supramolecular network formed by dynamic covalent bonds and its application in halogen ions and picric acid detection

A fluorescent supramolecular network for halogen ions and picric acid detection was prepared by linking metallacycles using dynamic covalent bonds.

Graphical abstract: A fluorescent platinum(ii) metallacycle-cored supramolecular network formed by dynamic covalent bonds and its application in halogen ions and picric acid detection
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Communication

Bio-inspired immobilization of low-fouling phospholipid polymers via a simple dipping process: a comparative study of phenol, catechol and gallol as tethering groups

Low-fouling phospholipid polymer was conjugated with bio-inspired tethering groups. Immobilization efficiencies of these polymers onto various surfaces were investigated.

Graphical abstract: Bio-inspired immobilization of low-fouling phospholipid polymers via a simple dipping process: a comparative study of phenol, catechol and gallol as tethering groups
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Open Access Accepted Manuscript - Paper

A bio-orthogonal functionalization strategy for site-specific coupling of antibodies on vesicle surfaces after self-assembly

From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Non-solvating, side-chain polymer electrolytes as lithium single-ion conductors: synthesis and ion transport characterization

Non-solvating, side-chain polymer electrolytes with more dissociable pendent anion chemistries exhibit a dielectric relaxation dominated lithium ion transport mechanism.

Graphical abstract: Non-solvating, side-chain polymer electrolytes as lithium single-ion conductors: synthesis and ion transport characterization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Synthetic route-dependent intramolecular segregation in heteroarm core cross-linked star polymers as Janus-like nanoobjects

Polymerization-induced intramolecular segregation can be realized during the “in–out” synthesis of heteroarm core cross-linked star polymers to facilitate well-defined microphase separation.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic route-dependent intramolecular segregation in heteroarm core cross-linked star polymers as Janus-like nanoobjects
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Accepted Manuscript - Paper

New versatile bimolecular photoinitating systems based on amino-m-terphenyl derivatives for cationic, free-radical and thiol-ene photopolymerization under low intensity UV-A and visible lights sources

From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Accepted Manuscript - Paper

The Role of Side-chain Branch Position on Thermal Property of Poly-3-alkylthiophenes

From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Synthesis of modifiable photo-responsive polypeptides bearing allyloxyazobenzene side-chains

A photo-responsive and modifiable polypeptide with stable helical conformation was synthesized. The self-assembly and liquid crystalline phase structure were subsequently studied.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of modifiable photo-responsive polypeptides bearing allyloxyazobenzene side-chains
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Synthesis and Characterization of a Semiconducting and Solution-processable Ruthenium-based Polymetallayne

From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Cellulose nanocrystal-reinforced poly(5-triethoxysilyl-2-norbornene) composites

We demonstrate the reinforcement of a previously inaccessible norbornene-silane with a stiff, bio-based nanofiller.

Graphical abstract: Cellulose nanocrystal-reinforced poly(5-triethoxysilyl-2-norbornene) composites
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Real time monitoring of peptide delivery in vitro using high payload pH responsive nanogels

A pH responsive pMAA nanogel that demonstrates high loading capacity and rapid intracellular delivery of hydrophilic peptides.

Graphical abstract: Real time monitoring of peptide delivery in vitro using high payload pH responsive nanogels
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Rapid synthesis of PEGylated multiblock polymers by sequence-controlled polymerization in H2O

Multiblock polymers with a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) block are attractive candidates for biomedical applications because of their favorable properties regarding biocompatibility and hydrophilicity.

Graphical abstract: Rapid synthesis of PEGylated multiblock polymers by sequence-controlled polymerization in H2O
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Ligand–metal secondary interactions in phosphine–sulfonate palladium and nickel catalyzed ethylene (co)polymerization

Ligand secondary interactions and Lewis acid modulation are simultaneously achieved in palladium and nickel catalyzed ethylene polymerization and copolymerization.

Graphical abstract: Ligand–metal secondary interactions in phosphine–sulfonate palladium and nickel catalyzed ethylene (co)polymerization
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

“One-pot” aminolysis/thia-Michael addition preparation of well-defined amphiphilic PVDF-b-PEG-b-PVDF triblock copolymers: self-assembly behaviour in mixed solvents

Novel amphiphilic PVDF-based triblock copolymer (PVDF50-b-PEG136-b-PVDF50) is synthesized using RAFT polymerization and a one-pot thia-Michael addition. Self-assembly of this ABA copolymer resulted in formation of original crystalline structures.

Graphical abstract: “One-pot” aminolysis/thia-Michael addition preparation of well-defined amphiphilic PVDF-b-PEG-b-PVDF triblock copolymers: self-assembly behaviour in mixed solvents
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Impact of metal cations on the thermal, mechanical, and rheological properties of telechelic sulfonated polyetherimides

The glass transition temperature, thermal degradation temperature, and complex viscosity of metal sulfonated polyetherimides decrease with an increase in metal cation size.

Graphical abstract: Impact of metal cations on the thermal, mechanical, and rheological properties of telechelic sulfonated polyetherimides
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

A pH-responsive graftable supramolecular polymer with tailorable surface functionality by orthogonal halogen bonding and hydrogen bonding

Orthogonal halogen (X)-bonding and hydrogen (H)-bonding have been employed for constructing a surface functionalizable supramolecular polymer in water featuring tunable morphology and dual stimuli (pH and temperature) responsive properties.

Graphical abstract: A pH-responsive graftable supramolecular polymer with tailorable surface functionality by orthogonal halogen bonding and hydrogen bonding
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Influence of block sequence on the colloidal self-assembly of poly(norbornene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) amphiphilic block polymers using rapid injection processing

A facile self-assembly method, rapid injection, was used to study the self-assembly difference between AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Influence of block sequence on the colloidal self-assembly of poly(norbornene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) amphiphilic block polymers using rapid injection processing
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Engineering orthogonality in the construction of an alternating rhomboidal copolymer with high fidelity via integrative self-sorting

An alternating rhomboidal copolymer was prepared through the combination of orthogonal self-assembly between metal-coordination and host-guest chemistry as well as integrative self-sorting strategy associated with molecular size and steric effect.

Graphical abstract: Engineering orthogonality in the construction of an alternating rhomboidal copolymer with high fidelity via integrative self-sorting
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Open Access Paper

Fractography of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel networks crosslinked with mechanofluorophores using confocal laser scanning microscopy

Employing mechanofluorophores in polymer fractography to obtain new information on force-induced events when analyzed by confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Graphical abstract: Fractography of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel networks crosslinked with mechanofluorophores using confocal laser scanning microscopy
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Star polymers with acid-labile diacetal-based cores synthesized by aqueous RAFT polymerization for intracellular DNA delivery

Facile low temperature aqueous heterogeneous RAFT polymerization for preparation of novel star polymers with acid-labile diacetal-based cores for DNA delivery.

Graphical abstract: Star polymers with acid-labile diacetal-based cores synthesized by aqueous RAFT polymerization for intracellular DNA delivery
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

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
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Model-based design and synthesis of ferrocene containing microgels

Modelling and synthesis go hand in hand to efficiently engineer copolymer microgels with various architectures: core–shell structures (with ferrocene mainly in the core or in the shell) and also microgels with homogeneous comonomer distribution.

Graphical abstract: Model-based design and synthesis of ferrocene containing microgels
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
Paper

Self-crosslinking assemblies with tunable nanostructures from photoresponsive polypeptoid-based block copolymers

A series of reversible crosslinking assemblies with tunable morphologies are obtained from a new family of photoresponsive polypeptoid-based diblock copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Self-crosslinking assemblies with tunable nanostructures from photoresponsive polypeptoid-based block copolymers
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators
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About this collection

Polymer Chemistry is proud to present this 2020 Emerging Investigators collection. This collection gathers the very best work from polymer scientists in the early stages of their independent careers. The 2020 Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators were individually nominated by members of the journal Editorial and Advisory Boards, and previous Emerging Investigators, in recognition of their potential to influence future directions in the field.

Accompanying this collection is the Emerging Investigators special issue, in which these articles will be formally published. This issue is scheduled for publication in early 2020.


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