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Polymer International

Cover image for Vol. 66 Issue 1

January 2017

Volume 66, Issue 1

Pages i–i, 1–159

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    3. Issue Information
    4. Editorial
    5. Mini-reviews
    6. Review
    7. Research Articles
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      Cover Image, Volume 66, Issue 1 (page i)

      Hong Li, Lucas Caire da Silva, Michael D Schulz, Giovanni Rojas and Kenneth B Wagener

      Version of Record online: 1 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5297

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      The cover image, designed by Dr. Paula Delgado, is based on the Mini-review A review of how to do an acyclic diene metathesis reaction DOI: 10.1002/pi.5188, by Kenneth B. Wagener et al.

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      Issue Information (pages 1–4)

      Version of Record online: 1 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5205

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  4. Mini-reviews

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      A review of how to do an acyclic diene metathesis reaction (pages 7–12)

      Hong Li, Lucas Caire da Silva, Michael D Schulz, Giovanni Rojas and Kenneth B Wagener

      Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5188

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      This review describes the various factors that contribute to successful ADMET polymerization from an experimental point of view.

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      Charge transport and its characterization using photo-CELIV in bulk heterojunction solar cells (pages 13–25)

      Meera Stephen, Kristijonas Genevičius, Gytis Juška, Kestutis Arlauskas and Roger C Hiorns

      Version of Record online: 28 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5274

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      Photo-CELIV and TOF are powerful techniques for characterizing charge transfer in whole organic photovoltaic cells. This mini-review outlines how they work and gives examples of their use.

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      Reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (co)polymerization of conjugated diene monomers: butadiene, isoprene and chloroprene (pages 26–41)

      Graeme Moad

      Version of Record online: 30 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5173

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      This review presents a critical survey of RAFT (co)polymerization of conjugated diene monomers, focusing on the conditions necessary to minimize crosslinks and provide low-dispersity polymers with well-defined structure whilst maximizing polymerization rate.

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      Synthesis, properties and degradation of polyisobutylene–polyester graft copolymers (pages 42–51)

      Bethany A Turowec and Elizabeth R Gillies

      Version of Record online: 5 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5250

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      Polycaprolactone and poly(d,l-lactide) were grafted onto a butyl rubber derivative to afford graft copolymers. Nanoscale phase separation led to enhanced mechanical properties, yet the polymers were resistant to degradation.

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      Living anionic polymerization of 4-diphenylphosphino styrene for ABC triblock copolymers (pages 52–58)

      Alison R Schultz, Mingtao Chen, Gregory B Fahs, Robert B Moore and Timothy E Long

      Version of Record online: 12 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5253

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      Living anionic polymerization of 4-diphenylphosphino styrene (DPPS) achieved unprecedented poly(S-b-I-b-DPPS) ABC triblock copolymers with predictable molecular weights and narrow polydispersities, permitting phosphorus-containing thermoplastic elastomers for emerging applications.

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      Thermal study of polyester networks based on renewable monomers citric acid and gluconolactone (pages 59–63)

      Patrick AJM de Jongh, Prem KC Paul, Ezat Khoshdel, Paul Wilson, Kristian Kempe and David M Haddleton

      Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5260

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      The effects of reaction temperatures, times and co-monomers on the synthesis of polyester networks from citric acid and gluconolactone by melt polycondensations were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry.

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      Solvent-stable UV-cured acrylic polysulfone membranes (pages 64–69)

      Mehmood Mian Farrukh, Paula Bosch, Mattia Giagnorio, Alberto Tiraferri and Marco Sangermano

      Version of Record online: 30 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5263

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      Chemically stable UV-cured acrylic polysulfone membranes were prepared. Following a systematic investigation of the effect of acrylate resins on polysulfone-based membranes, crosslinked membranes were prepared without affecting the flux performances.

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      Direct azidation of isotactic polypropylene and synthesis of ‘grafted to’ derivatives thereof using azide–alkyne cycloaddition chemistry (pages 70–76)

      Di Liu and Christopher W Bielawski

      Version of Record online: 18 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5180

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      Azido-functionalized isotactic polypropylenes are prepared using a direct C[BOND]H azidation methodology; the azidated polymers can be further modified using cycloaddition chemistry to afford well-defined graft copolymers, including polypropylene-graft-poly(ethylene glycol).

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      Evaluation of polycaprolactone − poly-D,L-lactide copolymer as biomaterial for breast tissue engineering (pages 77–84)

      Patrina SP Poh, Cordula Hege, Mohit P Chhaya, Elizabeth R Balmayor, Peter Foehr, Rainer H Burgkart, Jan-Thorsten Schantz, Stefan M Schiller, Arndt F Schilling and Dietmar W Hutmacher

      Version of Record online: 1 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5181

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      Polycaprolactone-co-poly-D,L-lactic acid (PCLLA) catalyzed using tin (II) 2-ethylhexanoate underwent thermal degradation during additive manufacturing process resulting in accelerated degradation rate and unfavorable cell compatibility.

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      Highly dispersed melamine cyanurate flame-retardant epoxy resin composites (pages 85–91)

      Hao Huang, Kai Zhang, Jun Jiang, Jiang Li and Yuan Liu

      Version of Record online: 5 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5244

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      Compared with a conventional addition system resulting in easy aggregation of melamine cyanurate (MCA), the in situ synthesized system exhibited much better dispersion state of the coating glue, and markedly improved flame retardancy and mechanical properties.

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      Preparation of thermoresponsive fluorescent carbon dots for cellular imaging (pages 92–97)

      Junzhi Li, Jianhua Liu, Liqun Xu and Jiucun Chen

      Version of Record online: 8 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5247

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      Herein we report a simple way to synthesize polymerizable CD monomers. The fluorescent polymerizable CDs were copolymerized with N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) to form thermoresponsive fluorescent nanoparticles for long-term cell imaging.

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      Simultaneous reduction and surface functionalization of graphene oxide for enhancing flame retardancy and thermal conductivity of mesogenic epoxy composites (pages 98–107)

      Fubin Luo, Kun Wu, Huilong Guo, Qiang Zhao and Mangeng Lu

      Version of Record online: 19 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5249

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      Graphene oxide (GO) is reduced and surface functionalized by 9,10-dihydro-9-oxa-10-phosphaphenanthrene-10-oxide simultaneously. The effect of the resultant F-rGO on the thermal conductivity and flame retardancy of mesogenic epoxy is studied.

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      Spontaneous formation of polylactide stereocomplex microspheres containing metal ions (pages 108–118)

      Melania Bednarek, Edyta Wojtczak and Mirosław Pluta

      Version of Record online: 19 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5251

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      Stereocomplexation of polylactide containing carboxyl groups in the presence of metal cations leads to microspheres (potential drug carriers) with a diameter regulated by conditions, metal cation and number of carboxyl groups.

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      Antimicrobial properties of bio-inspired poly(4-vinyl-2-pyridone) and its N-alkylated cationic derivatives (pages 119–125)

      Yashwant Shandil, Ghanshyam S Chauhan and Pradeep Kumar

      Version of Record online: 13 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5252

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      Antimicrobial polymers having 2-pyridone structure and its N-alkylated form are reported for the first time, and antimicrobial efficacy was found to enhance appreciably after the alkylation process.

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      High value polyurethane resins from rubber seed oil (pages 126–132)

      Jian Hong, Xiao-Qin Yang, Xianmei Wan, Zhifeng Zheng and Zoran S Petrović

      Version of Record online: 19 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5256

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      Rubber seed oil was converted to polyols, with and without free fatty acids, by epoxidation and epoxy ring opening. Polyols were used to cast polyurethane sheets with commercial modified MDI.

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      Amide–acid functional SiO2 nanocomposites based on new semi-crystalline poly(ether-sulfone-amide): thermal, combustion and mechanical studies (pages 133–143)

      Mohsen Hajibeygi, Mohsen Shabanian and Hossein Ali Khonakdar

      Version of Record online: 27 SEP 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5257

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      Nanocomposites containing amide-acid surface-modified SiO2 nanoparticles were prepared based on a novel poly(ether-sulfone-amide). The effect of the SiO2 nanoparticles on the mechanical, thermal and combustion properties of the polymer was investigated.

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      Binary copolymerization of 4-methyl-1,3-pentadiene with styrene, butadiene and isoprene catalysed by a titanium [OSSO]-type catalyst (pages 144–150)

      Marianna Loria, Antonio Proto and Carmine Capacchione

      Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5265

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      Copolymers between 4-methyl-1,3-pentadiene and various dienes were synthesized promoted by a titanium [OSSO]-type catalyst. The results show the high degree of stereoselectivity of this catalyst towards the monomers used.

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      Effects of addition of condensed tannin on the structure and properties of silk fibroin film (pages 151–159)

      Mingbo Ma, Suozhuai Dong, Munir Hussain and Wenlong Zhou

      Version of Record online: 28 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.5272

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      Incorporation of condensed tannin in silk fibroin films endows the blend films with low solubility, good antioxidant activity and good antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The optimum properties for the blend films could be obtained at 10% (w/w) tannin addition level.

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