Macromolecular Rapid Communications

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January 2014

Volume 35, Issue 1

Pages 1–108

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      Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2014 (page 1)

      Yi-Huei Kao, Mu-Huan Chi, Chia-Chan Tsai and Jiun-Tai Chen

      Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470001

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      Front Cover: Nanopressing, a simple and versatile method, is developed to fabricate anisotropic polymer structures by pressing polymer microspheres at elevated temperatures. Polystyrene (PS) microspheres are used to demonstrate this approach. The shapes of the polymer structures are dependent on the pressing conditions, such as the pressure, the pressing time, and the pressing temperature. At shorter pressing times, the pressing effect dominates and barrel-like polymer structures can be prepared. At longer pressing times, the wetting effect becomes important and dumbbell-like polymer structures are obtained. This study not only provides a simple method to prepare novel polymer structures, but also leads to a deeper understanding of wetting phenomenon in confined geometries. Further details can be found in the article by Y.-H. Kao, M.-H. Chi, C.-C. Tsai, and J.-T. Chen* on page 84.

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    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2014 (page 112)

      Dorothee E. Borchmann, Tom P. Carberry and Marcus Weck

      Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470005

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      Back Cover: The field of polymer-protein conjugation has greatly evolved since the first covalent attachment of poly(ethylene glycol) chains to a protein in order to stabilize miomacromolecules. Since then, these hybrid materials have become central to a surfeit of applications, particularly in biomedicine. The synthetic polymer endows the hybrid with unique properties, while retaining the activity of the biological part. Further details can be found in the article by D. E. Borchmann, T. P. Carberry, and M. Weck* on page 27.

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    1. Masthead: Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2014

      Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470002

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      Fast, Faster, Rapid! (pages 7–8)

      Kirsten Severing

      Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300881

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    1. Orienting Semi-Conducting π-Conjugated Polymers (pages 9–26)

      Martin Brinkmann, Lucia Hartmann, Laure Biniek, Kim Tremel and Navaphun Kayunkid

      Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300712

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      Recent advances in the orientation of semi-conducting π-conjugated polymers are reported. Methods involving shear forces (rubbing and friction transfer) or epitaxial growth on various substrates are presented and discussed in terms of the anisotropic optical and charge transport properties.

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    1. “Bio”-Macromolecules: Polymer-Protein Conjugates as Emerging Scaffolds for Therapeutics (pages 27–43)

      Dorothee E. Borchmann, Tom P. Carberry and Marcus Weck

      Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300792

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      Macromolecules assemble! Polymer-protein conjugates unify the benefits of both the synthetic and biological worlds. From one side, engineered polymers endow conjugates with any number of properties; from the other, proteins allow for nature's perfect syntheses and complex interactions. This review presents recent developments in the field and their applications toward biomedical chemistry.

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    1. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 1/2014 (page 44)

      Johannes Willenbacher, Ozcan Altintas, Peter W. Roesky and Christopher Barner-Kowollik

      Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470004

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      The controlled folding of a single polymer chain is realized for the first time by metal-complexation, opening an avenue for including metal-complex bonding motifs in advanced orthogonal chain self-folding systems. The chains are prepared via a reversible deactivation polymerization process to afford homotelechelic bis-triphenylphosphine macroligands, which in turn are cyclized via Pd(II) complexation. Further details can be found in the article by J. Willenbacher, O. Altintas, P. W. Roesky, and C. Barner-Kowollik* on page 45.

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    1. Single-Chain Self-Folding of Synthetic Polymers Induced by Metal–Ligand Complexation (pages 45–51)

      Johannes Willenbacher, Ozcan Altintas, Peter W. Roesky and Christopher Barner-Kowollik

      Version of Record online: 7 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300594

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      The controlled folding of single polymer chains is for the first time realized by the complexation of metal ions. A homotelechelic bis-triphenylphosphine polystyrene is utilized as a bidentate macroligand (ML) in the complexation of PdCl2 providing access to cyclic polymeric systems.

    2. Rod-Like Nano-Light Harvester (pages 52–55)

      Jun Ling, Zhicheng Zheng, Anna Köhler and Axel H. E. Müller

      Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300785

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      Imitating the natural “energy cascade” architecture, we present a single-molecular rod-like nano-light harvester (NLH) based on a cylindrical polymer brush. Block copolymer side chains carrying light absorbing antennae (energy donors) are tethered to a linear polymer backbone containing emitting groups (energy acceptors). These NLHs exhibit very efficient energy absorption and transfer. Moreover, we manipulate the energy transfer efficiency by tuning the donor–acceptor distance.

    3. Synthesis, Characterization, and Directional Binding of Anisotropic Biohybrid Microparticles for Multiplexed Biosensing (pages 56–65)

      Chan Woo Jung, Ghulam Jalani, Juhui Ko, Jaebum Choo and Dong Woo Lim

      Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300652

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      Directional binding of anisotropic biohybrid microparticles with two different polyclonal antibodies at each compartment is achieved on a monoclonal antibody-immobilized substrate in the presence of corresponding antigens, resulting in an ordered orientation due to spatio-specific molecular interaction.

    4. CO2- and O2-Sensitive Fluorophenyl End-Capped Poly(ethylene glycol) (pages 66–70)

      Jung Yoon Choi, Jin Young Kim, Hyo Jung Moon, Min Hee Park and Byeongmoon Jeong

      Version of Record online: 24 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300700

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      Pentafluorophenyl end-capped poly(ethylene glycol) aqueous solution shows a lower critical solution temperature, which is sensitive to the type of gases dissolved in the solution. 19F NMR and 1H NMR spectra suggest that the dehydration of PEG is the main reason of developing LCST of the PF-PEG-PF aqueous solution, and minute differences in the intermolecular interactions induce such a difference in LCST.

    5. Novel L-DOPA-Derived Poly(ester amide)s: Monomers, Polymers, and the First L-DOPA-Functionalized Biobased Adhesive Tape (pages 71–76)

      Ioannis Manolakis, Bart A. J. Noordover, Richard Vendamme and Walter Eevers

      Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300750

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      A family of novel bio-inspired L-DOPA-derived poly(ester amide)s is the subject of this work. The developed synthetic platform allows for facile synthesis, targets a wide range of structures and provides good control over the molecular and thermal properties of the resulting polymers. A particular composition containing L-DOPA and fatty acid dimer residues is tested in terms of its adhesive performance with promising results.

    6. A Facile Strategy to Fabricate Thermoresponsive Polymer Functionalized CdTe/ZnS Quantum Dots: Assemblies and Optical Properties (pages 77–83)

      Bingxin Liu, Cuiyan Tong, Lijuan Feng, Chunyu Wang, Yao He and Changli Lü

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300634

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      A facile strategy for fabricating novel, temperature responsive and tailor-made emission CdTe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) decorated with a copolymer ligand (CPL) containing 8-hydroxyquinoline and NIPAM via coordinate bonding is discussed. The coordinate bond induced self-assemblies vary from QDs-chains to single annular chains, and finally a network, and are dependent on the molar feed ratio of QDs and CPL.

    7. Nanopressing: Toward Tailored Polymer Microstructures and Nanostructures (pages 84–90)

      Yi-Huei Kao, Mu-Huan Chi, Chia-Chan Tsai and Jiun-Tai Chen

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300728

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      Nanopressing is developed to fabricate anisotropic polymer structures by pressing spherical polymer particles at elevated temperatures. The shapes of the polymer structures are determined by the pressing conditions such as the pressing pressure, the pressing time, and the pressing temperature. This work provides a fast, simple, and convenient approach for preparing anisotropic polymer structures.

    8. A Facile Method for Preparing Porous, Optically Active, Magnetic Fe3O4@poly(N-acryloyl-leucine) Inverse Core/Shell Composite Microspheres (pages 91–96)

      Dong Liu, Jianping Deng and Wantai Yang

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300718

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      Porous, optically active, magnetic Fe3O4@poly(N-acryloyl-leucine) inverse core/shell composite microspheres are prepared. The microspheres combine the advantages of magnetic NPs, porous polymeric microspheres and chiral polymers. Following the same methodology, a number of novel porous chiral inorganic/organic hybrid microspheres can be prepared, which may find significant applications in asymmetric catalysis, chiral resolution, chirally-controlled release, etc.

    9. One-Pot Synthesis of Molecular Bottle-Brush Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Superior Dispersibility in Water (pages 97–102)

      Yong Deng, Qin Hu, Qiulin Yuan, Yan Wu, Ying Ling and Haoyu Tang

      Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300673

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      Molecular bottle-brush functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with superior dispersibility in water are synthesized by a one-pot synthetic methodology. Elongating the main-chain and side-chain length of molecular bottle-brushes can further increase the SWCNT dispersibility.

    10. Self-Assembled Microspheres Driven by Dipole-Dipole Interactions: UCST-Type Transition in Water (pages 103–108)

      Nobuyuki Morimoto, Kanna Muramatsu, Tetsuichi Wazawa, Yuichi Inoue and Makoto Suzuki

      Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300798

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      Self-assembled microspheres based on dipole-dipole interactions are prepared using poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(sulfobetaine) block copolymer. Microspheres are easy to obtain by dispersing the block polymer in water. The block copolymers exhibit an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in water and the microspheres are dissociated above the UCST. The UCST increases when the degree of polymerization is increased.

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