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  1. A Sweet Polydopamine Nanoplatform for Synergistic Combination of Targeted Chemo-Photothermal Therapy

    Yanqin Gao, Xingjie Wu, Linzhu Zhou, Yue Su and Chang-Ming Dong

    Article first published online: 1 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500090

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    A novel kind of sweet polydopamine nano­particles and their DOX-loaded counterparts are prepared in one pot at ambient conditions, which integrate an active targeting effect, photothermal therapy, and chemotherapy into one nano-particulate drug delivery vesicle. This work not only establishes a versatile strategy for the biomimetic design and preparation of endogenous biomolecule-based nanoparticles, but opens up a new route for developing advanced drug delivery vesicles with a synergistic chemo-photothermal effect for targeted cancer therapy.

  2. Synthesis of an Amphiphilic Brush Copolymer by a Highly Efficient “Grafting onto” Approach via CO2 Chemistry

    Ying-Ying Zhang, Yang Li, Xian-Jing Zhou, Xing-Hong Zhang, Bin-Yang Du and Zhi-Qiang Fan

    Article first published online: 30 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400718

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    The synthesis of a new amphiphilic brush copolymer through a “grafting onto” method via carbon dioxide chemistry is described. The polymer shows high grafting densities of 97%–98% and a hydroxyurethane structure as the junction site between the poly(glycidyl methacrylate) backbone and side polyethylene glycol chain

  3. Single Molecule Studies of a Ladder Type Conjugated Polymer: Vibronic Spectra, Line Widths, and Energy Transfer

    Martin F. Zickler, Florian A. Feist, Josemon Jacob, Klaus Müllen and Thomas Basché

    Article first published online: 30 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400739

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    Single molecules studies of a ladder type conjugated polymer are presented. The combination of fluorescence emission and excitation spectroscopy at cryogenic temperatures reveals detailed spectroscopic characteristics of individual chains. As a particular advantage, excitation spectroscopy gives access to nonemitting chromophores which would be missed by emission spectroscopy and whose line widths contain information about energy transfer times.

  4. A Straightforward Method for Preparing Well-Defined Responsive Diselenide-Containing Polymers Based on ATRP

    Caiwei Fan, Chunlai Ding, Xiangqiang Pan, Zhengbiao Zhang, Jian Zhu and Xiulin Zhu

    Article first published online: 30 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500034

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    The atom transfer radical polymerization-based protocol presented in this work allows for a facile fabrication of diselenide-containing polymers of various composition, predictable molecular weight, and programmable polymeric architectures. The redox sensitive disel­­enide structure makes these polymers potential building blocks for applications in various fields.

  5. D-π-A Conjugated Molecules for Optoelectronic Applications

    Tae-Dong Kim and Kwang-Sup Lee

    Article first published online: 27 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400749

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    This article provides a brief review of the current status of research related to D-π-A dipolar chromophores together with a description of their syntheses and several promising applications in related fields. Structure/property relationships are discussed in order to exploit the potentials by tuning the π-electron density, polarizability, and HOMO–LUMO band gap of the chromophores.