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