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  1. Exploring Network Formation of Tough and Biocompatible Thiol-yne Based Photopolymers

    Andreas Oesterreicher, Christian Gorsche, Santhosh Ayalur-Karunakaran, Andreas Moser, Matthias Edler, Gerald Pinter, Sandra Schlögl, Robert Liska and Thomas Griesser

    Version of Record online: 30 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600369

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    Thiol-yne based network formation leads to photopolymers with homogeneous polymer architecture that provide high toughness in the glassy state. The investigated UV curable alkyne carbonate monomer shows low cytotoxicity compared to its corresponding (meth)acrylates. Depending on the functionality of the thiol, gel formation is shifted to higher conversions leading to lower shrinkage stress.

  2. A Highly Stretchable and Autonomous Self-Healing Polymer Based on Combination of Pt···Pt and π–π Interactions

    Jin-Feng Mei, Xiao-Yong Jia, Jian-Cheng Lai, Yang Sun, Cheng-Hui Li, Jun-Hua Wu, Yi Cao, Xiao-Zeng You and Zhenan Bao

    Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600428

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    A highly stretchable and autonomous self-healing film is obtained by the combination of Pt···Pt and π–π interactions into PDMS polymer. Owning to the mediate strength, the as prepared polymer can be stretched to over 20 times of its original length. When damaged, the polymer is able to completely heal at room temperature within 12 h without any external stimuli.

  3. Cold Plasma Reticulation of Shape Memory Embolic Tissue Scaffolds

    Landon D. Nash, Nicole C. Docherty, Mary Beth B. Monroe, Kendal P. Ezell, James K. Carrow, Sayyeda M. Hasan, Akhilesh K. Gaharwar and Duncan J. Maitland

    Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600268

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    The proposed low temperature, oxidative plasma process demonstrates utility for preferentially removing membranes from shape memory polymer embolic foams to increase fluid permeability and cellular infiltration. Other surface effects are also characterized, including time dependent hydrophobicity, cell spreading, and platelet attachment. The proposed process shows promise for developing embolic devices or tissue scaffolds.

  4. Just Add Salt: A Mass Spectrometric Analysis Method for Imaging Anion-Exchanged Poly(Ionic Liquid)s

    Jan Steinkoenig, Martina M. Cecchini, Anja S. Goldmann, Samantha Reale, Francesco De Angelis and Christopher Barner-Kowollik

    Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600376

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    The first mass spectrometric analysis of poly(ionic liquid)s containing weakly coordinating anions introduced by a fast, simple, and quantitative postmodification method on the example of the hydrophilic, well-defined poly(vinylbenzylpyridinium chloride) p([VBPy]Cl) species, analyzed with an in-source collision induced dissociation-Orbitrap mass spectrometry protocol is reported.

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Double Crystalline Cyclic Diblock Copolymers of Poly(ε-caprolactone) and Poly(l(d)-lactide) (c(PCL-b- PL(D)LA))

    Romain Liénard, Nerea Zaldua, Thomas Josse, Julien De Winter, Manuela Zubitur, Agurtzane Mugica, Amaia Iturrospe, Arantxa Arbe, Olivier Coulembier and Alejandro J. Müller

    Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600309

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    The successful synthesis of symmetric cyclo poly(ε-caprolactone)–block–poly(l(d)-lactide) (c(PCL–b–PL(D)LA)) by combining ring-opening polymerization and subsequent click chemistry reactions has been achieved. The blocks can sequentially crystallize and self-assemble into double crystalline spherulites. Chain topology affects overall crystallization of each block, as determined from a comparison of the behavior of linear precursors and cyclic block copolymers.