Macromolecular Rapid Communications

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Special Issue: Precisely Controlled Polymer Architectures via Molecular Engineering, Part 2

February 2014

Volume 35, Issue 4

Pages 369–504

Issue edited by: J.-F. Lutz, B. Sumerlin, K. Matyjaszewski

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      Macromol. Rapid Commun. 4/2014 (page 369)

      Yee Song Ko, Takuya Yamamoto and Yasuyuki Tezuka

      Version of Record online: 13 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470013

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      Front Cover: Unprecedented tetracyclic polymer topologies having a spiro- and a bridged-type, quatrefoil form are effectively constructed through an alkyne-azide, click linking reaction by employing a kyklo-telechelic poly(tetrahydrofuran), poly(THF), precursor with an azide group, obtained through an electrostatic self-assembly and covalent fixation (ESA-CF) process, and complementary tetrafunctional alkyne reagents of either a pentaerythritol derivative or a four-armed star telechelic polymer precursor. Further details can be found in the article by Y. S. Ko, T. Yamamoto, and Y. Tezuka* on page 412.

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    1. Masthead: Macromol. Rapid Commun. 4/2014

      Version of Record online: 13 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470014

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      Some More Insights on Precisely Controlled Polymer Architectures (page 377)

      Jean-François Lutz, Brent Sumerlin and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

      Version of Record online: 13 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400072

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    1. Polymethylene-Based Copolymers by Polyhomologation or by Its Combination with Controlled/Living and Living Polymerizations (pages 378–390)

      Hefeng Zhang, Nazeeha Alkayal, Yves Gnanou and Nikos Hadjichristidis

      Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300848

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      Polyhomologation of ylides, in combination with living and controlled/living polymerizations, leads to a plethora novel well-defined polymethylene (polyethylene)-based polymeric materials, which are very important for understanding/improving the behavior of industrial polyethylenes.

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    1. Combining Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization and Thiol-Ene Coupling Chemistries: Facile Access to Novel Functional Linear and Nonlinear Macromolecules (pages 391–404)

      Andrew B. Lowe, Meina Liu, Johannes Arend van Hensbergen and Robert P. Burford

      Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300744

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      This feature article focuses on recent examples in which certain thiol-based chemistries, most notably thiol-ene processes, have been combined with ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) as a means of preparing novel highly functional linear and nonlinear macromolecules.

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    1. Straightforward RAFT Procedure for the Synthesis of Heterotelechelic Poly(acrylamide)s (pages 405–411)

      Sofie Wallyn, Zhiyue Zhang, Frank Driessen, Joanna Pietrasik, Bruno G. De Geest, Richard Hoogenboom and Filip E. Du Prez

      Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300690

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      Heterotelechelic, hydrophilic poly(acrylamide)s with a primary amine and thiol group at the α– and ω-chain end, respectively, are synthesized via reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization in a straightforward and versatile way and subsequently used for the design of dual-responsive polymer/gold nanohybrids.

    2. Click Construction of Spiro- and Bridged-Quatrefoil Polymer Topologies with Kyklo-Telechelics Having an Azide Group (pages 412–416)

      Yee Song Ko, Takuya Yamamoto and Yasuyuki Tezuka

      Version of Record online: 6 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300555

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      Unprecedented tetracyclic polymer topologies having a spiro- and a bridged-type quatrefoil forms are effectively constructed through an alkyne–azide, click-linking reaction by employing a kyklo-telechelic poly(tetrahydrofuran), poly(THF), precursor having an azide group, obtained through an ESA-CF process, and complementary tetrafunctional alkyne reagents of either a pentaerythritol derivative or a four-armed star telechelic polymer precursor.

    3. Simultaneous Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) and Guest Molecule Encapsulation (pages 417–421)

      Bunyamin Karagoz, Cyrille Boyer and Thomas P. Davis

      Version of Record online: 21 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300730

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      A simultaneous encapsulation and self-assembly approach is described in this paper using a polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) approach via a one-pot RAFT dispersion polymerization. Nanoparticles with various morphologies such as spherical micelles, worm-like/rod-like and spherical vesicles are prepared.

    4. Precision Synthesis of Poly(Ionic Liquid)-Based Block Copolymers by Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization and Preliminary Study of Their Self-Assembling Properties (pages 422–430)

      Paul Coupillaud, Maréva Fèvre, Anne-Laure Wirotius, Karim Aissou, Guillaume Fleury, Antoine Debuigne, Christophe Detrembleur, David Mecerreyes, Joan Vignolle and Daniel Taton

      Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300776

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      A poly(ionic liquid)-based block copolymer (PIL BCP), namely, poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(N-vinyl-3-butylimidazolium bromide) synthesized by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization self-assembles into aggregated core–shell micelles and polymeric vesicles in THF and water, respectively, and gives rise to a highly ordered lamellar organization in bulk.

    5. Functionalization at the Central Position of Vinyl Polymer Chains: Highly Associable Multipoint Hydrogen Bonds for Complementary Self-Assemblies (pages 431–436)

      Sang-Ho Lee, Makoto Ouchi and Mitsuo Sawamoto

      Version of Record online: 27 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300833

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      A multiple hydrogen-bonding site of a high association constant is precisely introduced at the central position of a vinyl polymer chain by the use of bi-headed functional initiating systems in living radical polymerization. Thus obtained polystyrene fairly recognized associable molecules and polymers carrying the comprementary unit to form self-assemblies of high association constant (Kass ≈ 8000 m−1).

    6. Directing Self-Assembly of Nanoscopic Cylindrical Diblock Brush Terpolymers into Films with Desired Spatial Orientations: Expansion of Chemical Composition Scope (pages 437–441)

      Sangho Cho, Fan Yang, Guorong Sun, Michael J. Eller, Corrie Clark, Emile A. Schweikert, James W. Thackeray, Peter Trefonas and Karen L. Wooley

      Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300845

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      Diblock brush terpolymers are synthesized and studied for their ability to produce vertically substrate-aligned thin films, based upon their compositions and dimensions. With reliance on the overall cylindrical morphology of the brush architecture, these unique materials are being developed as advanced photolithography systems.

    7. Triazole-Containing Hydrogels for Time-Dependent Sustained Drug Release (pages 442–446)

      Vivek Mishra, Seo-Hyun Jung, Jong Mok Park, Han Mo Jeong and Hyung-il Lee

      Version of Record online: 9 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300585

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      Triazole-containing hydrogels show continuous swelling up to 7 days and provide valuable insights for delivering drugs in a controlled manner through slow and prolonged release. Sustain drug release is due to the gradual disruption of hydrophobic aggregation caused by π–π stacking between triazole ring side chains. These hydrogels exhibit obvious thermal and pH sensitivity, which allows for stimuli-triggered drug release.

    8. Air-Spun PLA Nanofibers Modified with Reductively Sheddable Hydrophilic Surfaces for Vascular Tissue Engineering: Synthesis and Surface Modification (pages 447–453)

      Na Re Ko, Gad Sabbatier, Alexander Cunningham, Gaétan Laroche and Jung Kwon Oh

      Version of Record online: 23 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300609

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      New polylactide nanofibers modified with reduction-responsive sheddable hydrophilic surfaces by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization, exhibiting enhanced thermal stability and improved surface properties, as well as thiol-responsive shedding, thus offering versatility in vascular surgery applications are reported.

    9. Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Semiconductor Nanoparticles (pages 454–459)

      Sajjad Dadashi-Silab, Mehmet Atilla Tasdelen, Abdullah Mohamed Asiri, Sher Bahadar Khan and Yusuf Yagci

      Version of Record online: 26 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300704

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      A versatile initiating system composed of semiconductor nanoparticles and CuIIBr2/PMDETA for photoinduced atom transfer radical polymerization is developed. The polymerizations proceed in a well-controlled manner under visible light at room temperature as evidenced by kinetic and light on–off studies.

    10. Ionic Supramolecular Networks Fully Based on Chemicals Coming from Renewable Sources (pages 460–465)

      Ali Aboudzadeh, Mercedes Fernandez, Maria Eugenia Muñoz, Antxon Santamaría and David Mecerreyes

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300732

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      A new route to synthesize fully bio-based supramolecular ionic networks is reported. This communication describes the rheological and thermal characterization of these networks. The relationship between the chemical nature and their properties and its application as self-healing material is investigated.

    11. Tumor-Targeted Redox-Responsive Nonviral Gene Delivery Nanocarriers Based on Neutral-Cationic Brush Block Copolymers (pages 466–473)

      Yang Li, Tao Liu, Guoying Zhang, Zhishen Ge and Shiyong Liu

      Version of Record online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300719

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      Novel neutral-cationic brush block copolymers containing targeting ligands and disulfide linkages are synthesized and utilized as tumor-targeted redox-responsive and biodegradable nonviral gene delivery vectors for lower cytotoxicity and high gene transfection efficiency.

    12. Combination of ATRA and ATRC for the Synthesis of Periodic Vinyl Copolymers (pages 474–478)

      Chun-Hao Wang, Zi-Yuan Song, Xin-Xing Deng, Li-Jing Zhang, Fu-Sheng Du and Zi-Chen Li

      Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300721

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      A new approach to periodic vinyl copolymers is reported. The approach involves the synthesis of two MSUs via ATRA and the subsequent polymerization via ATRC, two new periodic copolymers of MMA and St, AN and St, are obtained and characterized.

    13. Bio-Based Aliphatic Polyurethanes Through ADMET Polymerization in Bulk and Green Solvent (pages 479–483)

      Thomas Lebarbé, Arvind Sudhakar More, Prakash Sudhir Sane, Etienne Grau, Carine Alfos and Henri Cramail

      Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300695

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      A novel approach to polyurethane synthesis through ADMET polymerization of a bio-based α,ω-diene urethane monomer is demonstrated. Both ADMET in bulk and in Polarclean, a green solvent, yield good molecular weight polyurethane. ADMET in solution is also applied to other bio-based α,ω-dienes showing the efficiency of Polarclean, as a green reaction media.

    14. Nitroxide-Mediated Radical Ring-Opening Copolymerization: Chain-End Investigation and Block Copolymer Synthesis (pages 484–491)

      Vianney Delplace, Simon Harrisson, Antoine Tardy, Didier Gigmes, Yohann Guillaneuf and Julien Nicolas

      Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300809

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      Degradable block copolymers are successfully prepared by nitroxide-mediated radical ring-opening polymerization and characterized by phosphorous nuclear magnetic resonance, allowing the nature of the copolymer terminal sequences to be elucidated and the living chain fractions to be calculated. The synthesis of block copolymers comprising a degradable block is also reported.

    15. Rapid and Systematic Access to Quasi-Diblock Copolymer Libraries Covering a Comprehensive Composition Range by Sequential RAFT Polymerization in an Automated Synthesizer (pages 492–497)

      Joris J. Haven, Carlos Guerrero-Sanchez, Daniel J. Keddie and Graeme Moad

      Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300459

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      A versatile, cost-effective approach to the rapid, fully unattended preparation of systematic quasi-diblock copolymer libraries by sequential RAFT polymerization in an automated synthesizer is reported.

    16. Elaboration of Thermoresponsive Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers in Water from Complementary CBPQT4+ and TTF End-Functionalized Polymers (pages 498–504)

      Léna Sambe, François Stoffelbach, Katarzyna Poltorak, Joël Lyskawa, Aurélie Malfait, Marc Bria, Graeme Cooke and Patrice Woisel

      Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300729

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      A convenient synthetic route, combining the RAFT and CuAAC procedures, is developed to elaborate a water-soluble CBPQT4+ end-functionalized PNIPAM host polymer. This polymer forms pseudorotaxane-like architectures with complementary TTF end-decorated polymers resulting in the creation of a new class of supramolecular diblock copolymers with thermoresponsive properties.

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