Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

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Online ISSN: 1099-0488

Associated Title(s): Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

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J. Polym. Sci. B Polym. Phys. publishes papers on the physics of polymers, including applications, theory and modeling, and experiments. 2015 ISI Impact Factor: 3.318.

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  1. The role of TEOS-TIP within a pentablock ionomer: Morphology, physical properties, and ion transport (pages 575–586)

    Fei Huang, Wenjian Zheng, Armin Tahmasbi Rad, Mu-Ping Nieh and Chris J. Cornelius

    Version of Record online: 24 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.24300

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    Tetraethylorthosilicate–titanium isopropoxide–pentablock copolymer (TEOS–TIP–PBC) nanocomposite films were created, exhibiting an 80% proton conductivity increase versus the unmodified material. This was attributed to a partial charge transfer from the TEOS–TIP network, which promoted sulfonate group acid dissociation, and a morphology change leading to a distance decrease between sulfonated domains. Apparent water contact angles revealed that nanocomposite surfaces became more hydrophilic with TIP concentration. Finally, thermal gravimetric analysis revealed a decrease in degradation temperature, and dynamic mechanical analysis results demonstrated reduced polymer chain mobility.

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    Ferroelectric switching and electrochemistry of pyrrole substituted trialkylbenzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides

    Xiao Meng, Andrey V. Gorbunov, W. S. Christian Roelofs, Stefan C. J. Meskers, René A. J. Janssen, Martijn Kemerink and Rint P. Sijbesma

    Version of Record online: 18 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.24318

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    A new concept for the design of organic ferroelectric diodes is explored based on combining the ferroelectric benzene-tricarboxamide (BTA) core with pyrrole groups, which can be polymerized to provide a semiconducting ferroelectric material. At high frequencies, the compound exhibits clear ferroelectric switching behavior, while at low frequencies, extremely high hysteretic charge density is measured, which is ascribed to electrochemical polymerization of pyrrole groups enabled by the presence of amide groups.

  3. Enhanced nonisothermal crystallization of a series of poly(butylene succinate-co-terephthalate) biopolyesters by poly(vinyl butyral)

    Biao Yang, Shujie Zhu, Yi Luo and Jijun Huang

    Version of Record online: 10 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.24306

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    Poly(vinyl butyral) serves as a powerful nucleating agent for a series of poly(butylene succinate-co-terephthalate) biopolyesters. The peak temperature of crystallization increases by 28 °C at 0.3 wt % PVB incorporated for PBST with 50 mol % terephthalic acid. The molecular structure of PVB is mainly responsible for this significant effect of nucleation, together with its chain mobility in crystallization.

  4. Tuning hydrophobicity of a fluorinated terpolymer in differently assembled thin films

    Salim Ok, Julia Sheets, Susan Welch, Savas Kaya, Almaz Jalilov and David R. Cole

    Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.24308

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    Thin films of fluorinated terpolymer of THV prepared by casting from good solvent yielded smooth morphology, versus films prepared by casting from mixed solvent and nonsolvent yielding spheres and dense layers. In comparison to casting from good solvent, hydrophobicity of THV increased by approximately 43% on the thin films cast with mixed solvent and non-solvent.

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    Polymer strategies in perovskite solar cells (pages 549–568)

    Anna Isakova and Paul D. Topham

    Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.24301

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    Perovskite solar cells have achieved remarkable efficiencies in only four years due to extensive employment of polymeric strategies, adopted from organic photovoltaic (OPV) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) research. This review summarises various approaches of incorporating polymers in perovskite devices, from charge transport layers to templating agents for the perovskite layer, and how they serve to solve the problems of stability and J-V hysteresis.