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Themed collection Polymer Chemistry Pioneering Investigators 2021

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Recent development in halogen-bonding-catalyzed living radical polymerization

The development and applications of an organocatalyzed living radical polymerization via halogen-bonding catalysis, i.e., reversible complexation mediated polymerization (RCMP), are highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Recent development in halogen-bonding-catalyzed living radical polymerization
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From terpenes to sustainable and functional polymers

The use of renewable terpene-based monomers for the preparation of sustainable functional polymers is highlighted.

Graphical abstract: From terpenes to sustainable and functional polymers
Review Article

A comprehensive review of the structures and properties of ionic polymeric materials

This review focuses on the mechanistic approach, the structure–property relationship and applications of ionic polymeric materials.

Graphical abstract: A comprehensive review of the structures and properties of ionic polymeric materials
Communication

Substituent effects in iniferter photopolymerization: can bond homolysis be enhanced by electronics?

Substituent effects on the dithiobenzoate moiety of RAFT iniferters are investigated. Donating groups accelerate the iniferter process, while withdrawing groups slow it. The unique efficiency of the methoxydithiobenzoate iniferter was uncovered.

Graphical abstract: Substituent effects in iniferter photopolymerization: can bond homolysis be enhanced by electronics?
Communication

Easily readable palindromic sequence-defined polymers built by cascade thiol-maleimide Michael couplings

The rational combination of cascade thiol-maleimide Michael couplings (CTMMC) with iterative exponential chain growth was demonstrated as an efficient way to synthesize palindromic sequence-defined polymers.

Graphical abstract: Easily readable palindromic sequence-defined polymers built by cascade thiol-maleimide Michael couplings
Communication

Catalyst free removal of trithiocarbonate RAFT CTAs from poly(vinylpyridine)s using tris(trimethylsilyl)silane and light

Trithiocarbonate end groups on various polymers, including polyvinylpyridines, are reduced rapily and quantitatively using only tris(trimethylsilyl)silane and light.

Graphical abstract: Catalyst free removal of trithiocarbonate RAFT CTAs from poly(vinylpyridine)s using tris(trimethylsilyl)silane and light
Communication

Cationic amphiphilic alternating copolymers with tunable morphology

A series of ionic amphiphilic alternating copolymers were characterized via SAXS, TEM and DLS to understand how factors such as covalent structure, and solvent environment affect self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: Cationic amphiphilic alternating copolymers with tunable morphology
Communication

Crosslinked metallo-polyelectrolytes with enhanced flexibility and dimensional stability for anion-exchange membranes

We report a class of crosslinked metallo-polyelectrolytes as anion exchange membranes with exceptional mechanical flexibility, dimensional stability and ionic conductivity.

Graphical abstract: Crosslinked metallo-polyelectrolytes with enhanced flexibility and dimensional stability for anion-exchange membranes
Paper

Identifying competitive tin- or metal-free catalyst combinations to tailor polyurethane prepolymer and network properties

Polyurethane-based mastics, industrially obtained via a prepolymerization/crosslinking process, benefit from catalyst selection at both stages.

Graphical abstract: Identifying competitive tin- or metal-free catalyst combinations to tailor polyurethane prepolymer and network properties
Paper

A dual drug-based hyperbranched polymer with methotrexate and chlorambucil moieties for synergistic cancer chemotherapy

Dual drug-based hyperbranched polymer micelles simultaneously containing methotrexate and chlorambucil were constructed for synergistic cancer chemotherapy.

Graphical abstract: A dual drug-based hyperbranched polymer with methotrexate and chlorambucil moieties for synergistic cancer chemotherapy
Paper

2021 pioneering investigator issue time-dependent covalent network formation in extrudable hydrogels

Shear-thinning hydrogels that utilize thiol-Michael chain-extension and free radical polymerization have a tunable stretchability.

Graphical abstract: 2021 pioneering investigator issue time-dependent covalent network formation in extrudable hydrogels
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Catechol-functionalized sequence-defined glycomacromolecules as covalent inhibitors of bacterial adhesion

Herein, we present the synthesis of catechol functionalized sequence-defined glycomacromolecules that can covalently block the binding site of lectins and bacterial adhesins.

Graphical abstract: Catechol-functionalized sequence-defined glycomacromolecules as covalent inhibitors of bacterial adhesion
Open Access Paper

Pentafluorophenyl-based single-chain polymer nanoparticles as a versatile platform towards protein mimicry

Pentafluorophenyl-single chain polymer nanoparticles are readily conjugated with functional amines enabling facile SCNP modification, adjustment of physicochemical properties, and even protein mimicry.

Graphical abstract: Pentafluorophenyl-based single-chain polymer nanoparticles as a versatile platform towards protein mimicry
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Kinetics and mechanisms of polycondensation reactions between aryl halides and bisphenol A

Computational and experimental verification of a second-order rate expression for polysulfones synthesized using diphenyldichloro sulfone versus a third-order rate expression for polysulfones synthesized using diphenyldifluoro sulfone.

Graphical abstract: Kinetics and mechanisms of polycondensation reactions between aryl halides and bisphenol A
Paper

Impacts of performing electrolysis during organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization

An electrochemical variant of organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP) is developed and investigated.

Graphical abstract: Impacts of performing electrolysis during organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization
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Sequential and alternating RAFT single unit monomer insertion: model trimers as the guide for discrete oligomer synthesis

A complete set of model trimers and their synthetic kinetics are established to guide the synthesis of diverse sequence-defined polymers.

Graphical abstract: Sequential and alternating RAFT single unit monomer insertion: model trimers as the guide for discrete oligomer synthesis
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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Optimization of ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) under physiologically relevant conditions

Ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) is widely considered an excellent living polymerization technique that proceeds rapidly in organic solvents. This work describes the optimization of ROMP under physiologically relevant conditions.

Graphical abstract: Optimization of ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) under physiologically relevant conditions
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
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About this collection

Polymer Chemistry is proud to present this 2021 Pioneering Investigators collection. This collection gathers the very best work from mid-career researchers who have firmly established themselves in the field of polymer chemistry and continuously publish creative, innovative work. The 2021 Polymer Chemistry Pioneering Investigators were individually nominated by members of the journal Editorial and Advisory Boards, and previous Pioneering Investigators, in recognition of their achievements as pioneers of the field.

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