Macromolecular Rapid Communications

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 1

January 4, 2010

Volume 31, Issue 1

Pages 3–92

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    3. Contents
    4. Editorial
    5. Review
    6. Feature Article
    7. Frontispiece
    8. Communications
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    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2010

      Nemanja Miletić, Volker Abetz, Katrin Ebert and Katja Loos

      Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200990066

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      Front Cover: The background shows a SEM image of polystyrene nanoparticles that were used as carriers for enzyme immobilization. The overlaid image shows the secondary structure and surface of Candida antarctica lipase B that was used as a model enzyme with the active site (Ser–His–Asp/Glu catalytic triad) zoomed in. The authors thank Iris Baum, University of Paderborn, Germany, for preparation of the cover picture. Further details can be found in the article by N. Miletié, V. Abetz, K. Ebert, and K. Loos*on page 71.

  2. Contents

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    4. Editorial
    5. Review
    6. Feature Article
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    8. Communications
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    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2010 (pages 3–6)

      Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200990067

  3. Editorial

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    1. What a Great Year! (pages 7–9)

      Sandra Kalveram

      Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900816

  4. Review

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    1. Advances in Dielectric Elastomers for Actuators and Artificial Muscles (pages 10–36)

      Paul Brochu and Qibing Pei

      Version of Record online: 27 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900425

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      Dielectric elastomer artificial muscles are an emerging technology that possesses excellent actuation strain and energy density. Recent materials advances should allow these materials to match, or even surpass the performance of natural muscle for biomimetic robots and prosthetic devices. Various other electroactive polymers are also reviewed to aid in material selection and actuator design.

  5. Feature Article

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    1. Using Metallo-Supramolecular Block Copolymers for the Synthesis of Higher Order Nanostructured Assemblies (pages 37–52)

      Adam O. Moughton and Rachel K. O'Reilly

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900496

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      Main chain metallo-supramolecular di- and tri-block copolymers have been utilized as building blocks which can be self-assembled into advanced metal functionalized architectures. This feature article provides an overview on recent developments in these areas and provides an insight into their potential exploitation and future development in the creation of novel, smart, and responsive nanostructures for advanced nanoscience applications.

  6. Frontispiece

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    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2010

      Coro Echeverria and Carmen Mijangos

      Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200990068

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      Frontispiece: The image shows upper critical solution temperature (UCST)-type thermosensitive microgels of poly(acrylamide-co-acrylic acid) loaded with gold nanoparticles. The entrapment of gold nanoparticles in the microgels is demonstrated by TEM and verified by the noticeable shift in the absorption band of the entrapped gold nanoparticles with respect to gold nanoparticles in aqueous solution. Further details can be found in the article by C. Echeverria and C. Mijangos*on page 54.

  7. Communications

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    1. Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on the Thermosensitivity, Morphology, and Optical Properties of Poly(acrylamide–acrylic acid) Microgels (pages 54–58)

      Coro Echeverria and Carmen Mijangos

      Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900394

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      A direct method for the preparation of a positive thermo-sensitive polymeric microgel system loaded with gold nanoparticles is presented. These systems show temperature (upper critical solution temperature-like volume phase transition) and optical responsiveness making them externally triggered systems.

    2. Single-Step Electrospinning of Bimodal Fiber Meshes for Ease of Cellular Infiltration (pages 59–64)

      Rafael Gentsch, Bjoern Boysen, Andreas Lankenau and Hans G. Börner

      Version of Record online: 24 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900431

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      Electrospinning has been established as a versatile method to produce diverse nonwoven materials. The simple procedure, which can be up-scaled, allows to process synthetic and biological polymers as well as inorganics or complex composites.

    3. Morphology and pH Sensing Characteristics of New Luminescent Electrospun Fibers Prepared from Poly(phenylquinoline)-block-Polystyrene/Polystyrene Blends (pages 65–70)

      Chi-Ching Kuo, Yi-Chih Tung and Wen-Chang Chen

      Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900566

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      New luminescent electrospun (ES) fibers for efficient pH sensors are successfully prepared from a conjugated rod-coil PPQ-b-PS/PS blend under different processing solvents, namely CH2Cl2, CB, and CHCl3.

    4. Immobilization of Candida antarctica lipase B on Polystyrene Nanoparticles (pages 71–74)

      Nemanja Miletić, Volker Abetz, Katrin Ebert and Katja Loos

      Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900497

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      Enzyme immobilization is a well-known route for improving enzyme performance in non-natural environments. Here, we show that Candida antarctica lipase B immobilized on polystyrene nanoparticles, synthesized via a nanoprecipitation process, performed significantly higher activity than crude enzyme powder.

    5. A Novel Type of Vesicles Based on Ionic and ππ Interactions (pages 75–80)

      Franziska Gröhn, Katja Klein and Kaloian Koynov

      Version of Record online: 24 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900386

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      Electrostatic self-assembly was used to form supramolecular vesicles in aqueous solution. Vesicles consisting of a cationic G8 PAMAM dendrimer and a trivalent aromatic sulfonate dye form by the interplay of ionic interaction and secondary ππ interaction and geometrical factors, whereas no classical surfactants are present. Small guest molecules or peptides can be included inside these vesicles.

    6. Self-Assembled Micelles Based on PEG-Polypeptide Hybrid Copolymers for Drug Delivery (pages 81–86)

      Shou-Hu Hua, Yong-Yong Li, Yun Liu, Wang Xiao, Cao Li, Fu-Wei Huang, Xian-Zheng Zhang and Ren-Xi Zhuo

      Version of Record online: 24 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900473

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      Poly(L-leucine)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(L-leucine) (PLL-PEG-PLL) hybrid triblock copolymers have been synthesized, which are able to self-assemble into micelles with PLL blocks as the hydrophobic core and PEG blocks as the hydrophilic shell. The PLL segments adopt a unique α-helical conformation and play an important role in controlling the drug release rate. In addition, the molecular dimension of the drugs exhibit a significant influence on the drug release behavior.

    7. Fluorinated Copolymer Nanoparticles for Multimodal Imaging Applications (pages 87–92)

      Mark M. Bailey, Christine M. Mahoney, Kassibla E. Dempah, Jeffrey M. Davis, Matthew L. Becker, Supang Khondee, Eric J. Munson and Cory Berkland

      Version of Record online: 3 NOV 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900505

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      Recently there has been intense interest in developing fluorinated contrast agents for bioimaging applications. This paper describes the synthesis and characterization of fluorinated nanoparticles that may have applications as contrast agents for 19F magnetic resonance imaging and secondary ion mass spectrometry imaging.

  8. Back Cover

    1. Top of page
    2. Cover Picture
    3. Contents
    4. Editorial
    5. Review
    6. Feature Article
    7. Frontispiece
    8. Communications
    9. Back Cover
    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2010

      Franziska Gröhn, Katja Klein and Kaloian Koynov

      Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.200990069

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      Back Cover: A new type of vesicle forms by electrostatic self-assembly. Supramolecular hollow spheres are formed from two hydrophilic building blocks in aqueous solution. Inclusion of fluorescently labeled guest molecules demonstrates the potential as a carrier system and the prospect of constructing functional nano-objects by electrostatic self-assembly. Further details can be found in the article by F. Gröhn,* K. Klein, and K. Koynov on page 75.

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