Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 18/82 (Polymer Science)

Online ISSN: 1099-0518

Associated Title(s): Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

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    Approaches to polymeric mechanochromic materials

    Céline Calvino, Laura Neumann, Christoph Weder and Stephen Schrettl

    Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.28445

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    Mechanochromic materials display a change of their optical properties on mechanical deformation. Such materials are of interest for technological applications as well as fundamental research and can aid in the identification of processes that lead to mechanical failure in polymeric objects. In this highlight, approaches toward polymeric materials that signal mechanical stresses through a chromic response are discussed. These responses almost exclusively originate from changes of molecular structure, conformational rearrangements, or disruption of intermolecular interactions.

  2. Dendritic amphiphile-decorated polyHIPE as a highly efficient and well recyclable scavenger of micropollutants in water: Topological effect

    Yanyan Feng, Xiaoxue Zhang, Ming Jin and Decheng Wan

    Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.28455

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    A polyamine-based dendritic amphiphile attached on surface of a porous matrix will adopt a Janus-particle-like conformation, and still shows high binding strength to a dye than a comb-like amphiphile does, which is attributed to a topological factor. The resulting adsorbent can eliminate trace dyes in water.

  3. Influence of main chain on the phase behaviors of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers with triphenylene mesogens of long alkyl tail substituents

    Ping Li, Sheng Chen, Hang Luo, Dou Zhang and Hailiang Zhang

    Version of Record online: 30 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.28428

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    This article describes the successful synthesis of a series of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers, containing long alkyl chain triphenylene mesogens. The effects of the main chain on the phase behaviors and phase structures of the polymers have been studied. The results indicate the presence of columnar structure for all the polymers, consisting of the main chain and Tp moieties, which were independent of the main chain. However, the clearing temperatures are strongly dependent on the main chain.

  4. Developments in antimicrobial polymers

    Wei Ren, Weiren Cheng, Guan Wang and Ye Liu

    Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.28446

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    Antimicrobial polymers are promising to substitute small molecular antibiotics without causing fatal drug-resistant superbugs because of the action via disruption of the cell membranes. Polymers containing certain types of amines and new chemical units, with simple topology and suitable morphology are developed to kill bacteria effectively with low toxicity. Antimicrobial polymers are also fixed onto the surfaces via new covalently grafting, anchors, and bulk mixing, and it is promising to produce sustainable antimicrobial surfaces.

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    Recent advances in covalent functionalization of carbon nanomaterials with polymers: Strategies and perspectives

    Jingwei Liu, Yunsheng Ye, Yang Xue, Xiaolin Xie and Yiu-Wing Mai

    Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.28426

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    The functionalization of CNMs has attracted great interests in synthesis of complex structures and the developments of facile, scalable, controllable, and low cost method to graft well-defined polymers onto the surface of CNMs. This highlight is intended to serve this purpose in which recent advances made on fabrication of polymer-functionalized CNMs in the period 2014 to 2016 are discussed.