Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics

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February 12, 2013

Volume 214, Issue 3

Pages 297–404

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      Macromol. Chem. Phys. 3/2013 (page 297)

      Jose Luis Yagüe, Anna Maria Coclite, Christy Petruczok and Karen K. Gleason

      Version of Record online: 5 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201370008

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      Front Cover: Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a powerful technology for engineering surfaces. Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD), a new technique utilizing benign reaction conditions to yield conformal and functional polymer thin films, is discussed along with the latest achievements in coating surfaces and 3D substrates with functional materials. The technique's use in biotechnology and selective permeation applications is reviewed, and future directions are discussed. Further details can be found in the article by J. L. Yagüe, A. M. Coclite, C. Petruczok, and K. K. Gleason* on page 302.

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    1. Macromol. Chem. Phys. 3/2013

      Version of Record online: 5 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201370009

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      Chemical Vapor Deposition for Solvent-Free Polymerization at Surfaces (pages 302–312)

      Jose Luis Yagüe, Anna Maria Coclite, Christy Petruczok and Karen K. Gleason

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200600

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      Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) polymerization is a very elegant technique for designing new patterns and tuning the chemistry available on any kind of surface. These polymers attract considerable attention in many different fields of application. This trends article highlights the latest achievements in the fabrication of new surfaces and functional materials via iCVD and presents significant insights in its scale-up process.

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      Macromol. Chem. Phys. 3/2013 (page 313)

      Version of Record online: 5 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201370011

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      This issue of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics contains articles of the Special Series “New Frontiers in Functional Polymers”.

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    1. Recent Progress in Polymer White Light-Emitting Materials and Devices (pages 314–342)

      Chao Tang, Xu-Dong Liu, Feng Liu, Xu-Liang Wang, Hui Xu and Wei Huang

      Version of Record online: 19 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200305

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      Review: PWLEDs are one of the most intensively researched topics in PLEDs. At present, there are two main methods to realize white emission in PLEDs. One is to dope the host with different guests with different colors, and the other is to prepare a single white polymer by designing the molecular structure. Improving the performance of PWLEDs depends on the understanding of the material structure and properties, materials purifi cation, and device engineering.

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    1. Volume Oscillation of Microphase-Separated Gel (pages 343–349)

      Shingo Maeda and Shuji Hashimoto

      Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200448

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      The volume oscillation of a microphaseseparated gel above the volume phase transition temperature is discussed. The oscillating motion is produced by the dissipating chemical energy of the oscillating reaction, that is, the Belouzov–Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction occuring inside the gel. Although the gel is completely composed of synthetic polymer, it shows a self-oscillation as if it is alive.

    2. Influence of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Trapped at the Interface of an Immiscible Polymer Blend on Interfacial Tension (pages 350–360)

      Fangfang Tao, Dietmar Auhl, Anne-Christine Baudouin, Florian J. Stadler and Christian Bailly

      Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200518

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      The influence on interfacial tension of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) trapped at the interface of an immiscible blend of polyamide 12 and acrylate-ethylene copolymer is investigated. It is found that the interfacial energy is unaffected by the interfacially trapped CNTs. The high concentration of interfacially trapped CNTs presumably forms a network layer and acts as a rigid shell, which prevents coalescence of colliding droplets.

    3. Synthesis and Properties of a High-Temperature Naphthyl-Based Phthalonitrile Polymer (pages 361–369)

      Xiao-Yan Yu, Kimiyoshi Naito, Chao Kang, Xiong-Wei Qu and Qing-Xin Zhang

      Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200492

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      A novel, high-temperature, naphthyl-based phthalonitrile polymer is synthesized via a two-step approach, namely, the preparation of a prepolymer and the post-cure of the prepolymer at elevated temperatures. The polymerization mechanism is explored. The phthalonitrile polymer exhibits a high glass-transition temperature and excellent thermal stability along with long-term oxidative resistance.

    4. Hybrid Self-Assembly, Crystal, and Fractal Behavior of a Carboxy-Ended Hyperbranched Polyester/Copper Complex (pages 370–377)

      Daohong Zhang, Junna Li, Sufang Chen, Tingcheng Li, Jiliang Zhou, Xinjian Cheng and Aiqing Zhang

      Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200550

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      Ordered, tree-like self-assemblies with sizes of about 400–900 μm and branch widths of about 1 μm are obtained by the surface self-assembly of a carboxy-ended hyperbranched polyester/copper complex, showing intriguing crystal and fractal behavior confirmed through XRD, DSC, SEM, and POM. The self-assembly mechanism is explained by the synergistic action of cupric ion coordination induction, micelle formation, and diffusion-limited aggregation of micelles.

    5. Synthesis of Poly(ϵ-caprolactone-co-methacrylic acid) Copolymer via Phosphazene-Catalyzed Hybrid Copolymerization (pages 378–385)

      Jinbao Xu, Hongjun Yang and Guangzhao Zhang

      Version of Record online: 26 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200510

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      Poly(ϵ-caprolactone-co-tert-butyl methacrylate) (CL-co-BMA) random copolymer is synthesized via hybrid copolymerization with organic catalyst (t-BuP4). The hydrolysis of CL-co-BMA yields ϵ-caprolactone-co-methacrylic acid (CL-co-MAA), a charged degradable copolymer. CL-co-MAA enzymatically degrades much faster than poly(ϵ-caprolactone).

    6. On the Formation and Electropolymerization of a Star Copolymer With Peripheral Carbazoles (pages 386–395)

      Peng-Fei Cao, Mary Jane Felipe and Rigoberto C. Advincula

      Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200344

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      Star copolymers have unique structural features closest to fixed micelles. On the other hand, they can also be considered to be an extension of dendrimers in terms of peripheral-group functionality. This concept is demonstrated in functionalizing electropolymerizable carbazole functional groups in star copolymers of polycaprolactone with a polyethyleneimine (PEI) dendrimer core. In essence, these are hybrid architectures that demonstrate the particle nature of polymers.

    7. Temperature and pH Dual-Responsive Behavior of Dendritic Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with a Polyoligomeric Silsesquioxane Core and Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Shell (pages 396–404)

      Yu Bai, Liping Yang, Cher Ling Toh, Chaobin He and Xuehong Lu

      Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200578

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      Temperature and pH dual-responsive dendritic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with a biocompatible poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) shell is successfully synthesized via a combination of ATRP and a click reaction. The solution phase transition behavior of the dendrimer is sensitively affected by pH over a wide range. Encapsulation and controlled release of a fluorescent dye from the dendrimer in response to temperature and pH changes are also demonstrated.

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