Macromolecular Rapid Communications

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July 13, 2012

Volume 33, Issue 13

Pages 1085–1153

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    3. Masthead
    4. Contents
    5. Review
    6. Communications
    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 13/2012 (page 1085)

      Samir Chikkali, Florian Stempfle and Stefan Mecking

      Version of Record online: 27 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201290044

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      Front Cover: Polycondensation of α,ω-diacetals derived from plant oils yields long-chain polyacetals. These novel materials are water-degradable, with degradation rates strongly depending on the chain-length of the repeat units. Further details can be found in the article by S. Chikkali, F. Stempfle, and S. Mecking* on page 1126.

  2. Masthead

    1. Top of page
    2. Cover Picture
    3. Masthead
    4. Contents
    5. Review
    6. Communications
    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 13/2012

      Version of Record online: 27 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201290045

  3. Contents

    1. Top of page
    2. Cover Picture
    3. Masthead
    4. Contents
    5. Review
    6. Communications
  4. Review

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    1. Amino-Acid-Based Block Copolymers by RAFT Polymerization (pages 1090–1107)

      Hideharu Mori and Takeshi Endo

      Version of Record online: 17 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201100887

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      This review summarizes recent advances in the design and synthesis of amino-acid-based block copolymers by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization of amino-acid-bearing monomers. We will mainly focus on stimuli-responsive block copolymers, self-assembled block copolymers, and copolymers having various properties, such as catalytic and optoelectronic properties.

  5. Communications

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    1. A Facile Route to Boronic Acid Functional Polymeric Microspheres via Epoxide Ring Opening (pages 1108–1113)

      Andrew P. Vogt, Vanessa Trouillet, Alexandra M. Greiner, Michael Kaupp, Udo Geckle, Leonie Barner, Thorsten Hofe and Christopher Barner-Kowollik

      Version of Record online: 27 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200144

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      The preparation of polymeric boronic acid-functionalized microspheres is reported for the first time. Synthetic procedures yielding variable degrees of boronic acid functionalization are discussed. Additionally, a novel glucose fluorescent molecule is employed to visualize the spatial distribution of the microsphere functionalization due to the boronic acid/diol conjugation.

    2. Fabrication of Arrays of Polymer Gradients Using Inkjet Printing (pages 1114–1118)

      Anne Hansen, Rong Zhang and Mark Bradley

      Version of Record online: 23 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200193

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      Polymer gradient arrays were successfully fabricated by inkjet printing and their compositions validated by XPS and fluorescence analysis. Important polymer characteristics and monomer composition for cellular binding of the suspension cell line K562 and the adherent cell line HeLa were identified, while demonstrating proof of concept for the generation of biomolecule gradients.

    3. Vinyl-Type Polynorbornenes with Pendant PCBM: A Novel Acceptor for Organic Solar Cells (pages 1119–1125)

      Maengsun Eo, Soohyun Lee, Myung Hwan Park, Min Hyung Lee, Seunghyup Yoo and Youngkyu Do

      Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200023

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      Vinyl addition homo- and copolymerization of a norbornene monomer functionalized with a PCBM moiety using a Pd(II) catalyst in combination with a 1-octene chain transfer agent efficiently produces polynorbornenes with pendant PCBM groups. The soluble copolymer (50 mol% PCBM) functions as an electron acceptor in bulk-heterojunction OPV devices, leading to a cell with a PCE of 1.5%.

    4. Long-Chain Polyacetals From Plant Oils (pages 1126–1129)

      Samir Chikkali, Florian Stempfle and Stefan Mecking

      Version of Record online: 31 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200226

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      Polycondensation of plant oil-derived α,ω-diacetals affords novel long-chain polyacetals with thermal characteristics and hydrolytic degradation rates distinctly reflecting the feedstock linear hydrocarbon molecular structure.

    5. Preparation of Micron-Sized Monodisperse Poly(ionic liquid) Particles (pages 1130–1134)

      Masayoshi Tokuda, Hideto Minami, Yusuke Mizuta and Tomoe Yamagami

      Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200032

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      Micron-sized monodisperse poly(ionic liquid) particles were prepared by dispersion polymerization of ionic liquid monomer at 70 °C in methanol. The particle size could be controlled while maintaining narrow monodispersity, and the obtained particles exhibit unique properties similar to the process for ionic liquids.

    6. Impact of Polymer Network Inhomogeneities on the Volume Phase Transition of Thermoresponsive Microgels (pages 1135–1142)

      Sebastian Seiffert

      Version of Record online: 11 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200138

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      Thermoresponsive microgels with strongly varying inner nano- and micrometer-scale homogeneity exhibit very similar equilibrium swelling and deswelling, in agreement with simplistic mean-field theoretical predictions, but the kinetics of their volume phase transition exhibits a marked dependence on the micrometer-scale gel homogeneity.

    7. Formation of a Polypseudorotaxane via Self-Assembly of γ-Cyclodextrin with Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pages 1143–1148)

      Jin Wang, Shuo Li, Lin Ye, Ai-Ying Zhang and Zeng-Guo Feng

      Version of Record online: 11 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200017

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      A novel PPR is prepared via self-assembly of γ-CD with PNIPAM in aqueous solution, such that there are more than two but less than three NIPAM repeat units entrapped by one γ-CD molecule. α- and β-CDs cannot interact with any part of PNIPAM, but the γ-CD can site-selectively include the PNIPAM main chain to form γ-CD-based PPR precipitates.

    8. Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Capsules via Poly(ionic liquid)-Based Layer-by-Layer Assembly (pages 1149–1153)

      Qiang Zhao, Tim-Patrick Fellinger, Markus Antonietti and Jiayin Yuan

      Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200020

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      Nitrogen-doped micro/mesoporous carbon capsules were successfully prepared via a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly method employing poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) as deposition component. This contribution not only propels the application spectrum of PILs, but also shows that the LbL assembly is available for preparing carbons with complex morphologies by using suitable building blocks.

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