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  1. Photocatalyst-Free and Blue Light-Induced RAFT Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate at Ambient Temperature

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

    Article first published online: 7 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500427

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    This visible-light LED-induced living radical polymerization of vinyl acetate offers an easy way to synthesize pure polymer with predetermined structure. Xanthates directly initiate living radical polymerization of vinyl acetate under the irradiation of blue LED. This method offers an easy way to synthesize pure poly(vinyl acetate) with predetermined structure, especially for various terminal functionalized structures with high fidelity.

  2. Nondestructive Quantification of Local Plasticizer Concentration in PVC by 1H NMR Relaxometry

    Alina Adams, Rance Kwamen, Benjamin Woldt and Michael Graß

    Article first published online: 6 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500409

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    A new method for the nondestructive quantification of plasticizer concentration and its type at various positions inside poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) products by using relaxation measurements performed with a single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance sensor is introduced. 1D profiles monitoring the changes in the plasticizer concentration with the aging time across PVC plates with a thickness of 1 mm are for the first time reported.

  3. Photoactive Self-Shaping Hydrogels as Noncontact 3D Macro/Microscopic Photoprinting Platforms

    Yue Liao, Ning An, Ning Wang, Yinyu Zhang, Junfei Song, Jinxiong Zhou and Wenguang Liu

    Article first published online: 6 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500390

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    A photocleavable hydrogel capable of keeping integrity and exhibiting self-shaping in response to UV light stimulus is fabricated and successfully explored as noncontact 3D photoprinting platform to precisely reproduce the characters, images, and interesting 2D barcodes for linking a specified web page. This photoresponsive hydrogel finds diverse applications as an interesting 3D printing or recording material.

  4. Synthesis of Amylose-b-P2VP Block Copolymers

    Kamlesh Kumar, Albert J. J. Woortman and Katja Loos

    Article first published online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500343

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    Amylose-b-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) block copolymers are synthesized by a chemo­enzymatic route. These interesting rod–coil block copolymers have unique abilities to form supramolecular and inclusion complexes. This new class of bioinspired block copolymers opens up new possibilities to make different self-assembled structures.

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    Macromol. Rapid Commun. 19/2015 (page 1697)

    Tao Lu, Shenmin Zhu, Jun Ma, Jinyou Lin, Wanlin Wang, Hui Pan, Feng Tian, Wang Zhang and Di Zhang

    Article first published online: 1 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201570075

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    Front Cover: Thermo-responsive photonic polymers with hierarchical structure are synthesized by grafting poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) on Morpho butterfly wing scales. The use of glutaraldehyde plays a crucial role to ensure the connection of PNIPAM with the scales through chemical bonding. A distinct red-shift in reflectance spectra upon temperature is observed due to the refractive index change of the the whole specimen, demonstrating a thermo-responsive photonic property. Further details can be found in the article by T. Lu, S. Zhu,* J. Ma, J. Lin, W. Wang, H. Pan, F. Tian, W. Zhang, and D. Zhang* on page 1722.