Themed collection Trends in Thermoresponsive Polymers: from Chemistry to Applications

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Open Access Review Article

Thermoresponsive block copolymers of increasing architecture complexity: a review on structure–property relationships

The position of the monomers within the polymer chain and the 3D structure of the polymer affect the thermoresponsive properties.

Graphical abstract: Thermoresponsive block copolymers of increasing architecture complexity: a review on structure–property relationships
Open Access Review Article

Thermoresponsive polymers in non-aqueous solutions

Polymers does not only show phase transition in aqueous solutions but they also do in organic solvents, which is the focus of this review article.

Graphical abstract: Thermoresponsive polymers in non-aqueous solutions
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Pre- and post-functionalization of thermoresponsive cationic microgels with ionic liquid moieties carrying different counterions

We investigate the effect of different anions on the temperature-dependent solution properties of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) microgels carrying alkylated ionic liquid vinylimidazolium moieties synthesized by a pre- and post-functionalization approach.

Graphical abstract: Pre- and post-functionalization of thermoresponsive cationic microgels with ionic liquid moieties carrying different counterions
Open Access Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Self-assembly and salt-induced thermoresponsive properties of amphiphilic PEG/cation random terpolymers in water

Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Thermoresponsive star-shaped polymer with heteroarm type with methacrylates: Preparation by living radical polymerization method and its topological effect

Paper

A self-crosslinking nanogel scaffold for enhanced catalytic efficiency and stability

We report a facile and efficient approach to prepare multifunctional bioinspired platforms under mild conditions that offer increased catalytic efficiency and stability.

Graphical abstract: A self-crosslinking nanogel scaffold for enhanced catalytic efficiency and stability
Open Access Paper

Thermo- and pH-responsive poly[(diethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate)-co-(2-diisopropylamino ethyl methacrylate)] hyperbranched copolymers: self-assembly and drug-loading

P(DEGMA-co-DIPAEMA) hyperbranched copolymers self-assemble into large polymeric aggregates in aqueous media, when the amino groups of DIPAEMA segments are fully protonated at extreme temperatures (25 °C and 55 °C).

Graphical abstract: Thermo- and pH-responsive poly[(diethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate)-co-(2-diisopropylamino ethyl methacrylate)] hyperbranched copolymers: self-assembly and drug-loading
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Model dynamic covalent thermoresponsive amphiphilic polymer co-networks based on acylhydrazone end-linked Tetronic T904 star block copolymers

Hydrogels based on acylhydrazone end-linked Tetronic T904 four-armed amphiphilic star block copolymers show thermally-induced aqueous self-assembly and toughening, and cross-link dissociation and association traceable via simple 1H NMR spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: Model dynamic covalent thermoresponsive amphiphilic polymer co-networks based on acylhydrazone end-linked Tetronic T904 star block copolymers
Open Access Paper

Polymer architecture dictates thermoreversible gelation in engineered emulsions stabilised with branched copolymer surfactants

Polymer architecture allows control of thermoreversible gelation in branched copolymer-stabilised emulsions.

Graphical abstract: Polymer architecture dictates thermoreversible gelation in engineered emulsions stabilised with branched copolymer surfactants
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Water-soluble copolymers and their hydrogels with pH-tunable diverse thermoresponsive behaviors enabled by hydrogen bonding

Water-soluble copolymers display both UCST and LCST thermosensitivity in aqueous solution due to pH-determined hydrogen bonding between comonomer units, and their hydrogels can be used for information recording and encryption/decryption.

Graphical abstract: Water-soluble copolymers and their hydrogels with pH-tunable diverse thermoresponsive behaviors enabled by hydrogen bonding
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Confinement of proteins by thermoresponsive dendronized polymers

Dendronized polymers exhibit the confinement of guest proteins through crowding effects, which is tunable through their thermoresponsiveness. This confinement affords the proteins enhanced thermal stability and can modulate their bioactivity.

Graphical abstract: Confinement of proteins by thermoresponsive dendronized polymers
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About this collection

This themed collection on Trends in Thermoresponsive Polymers: from Chemistry to Applications, Guest Edited by Theoni Georgiou (Imperial College London, UK), Richard Hoogenboom (Ghent University, Belgium) and Akihiko Kikuchi (Tokyo University of Science, Japan) aims to present the latest trends in the chemistry, characterisation, and applications of thermoresponsive polymers. New strategies for the synthesis of thermoresponsive polymers and their characterisation promise to enable a new era of functional thermoresponsive materials in variety fields of applications. Examples include methods to prepare synthetic polymers, hydrogels which show thermoresponsive properties, and their characterisation. These features can impact specific functions such as mechanical properties, self-assembly, or interactions with biological systems, and their applications in a variety of fields, including biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, drug delivery and bioprinting.

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