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  1. Silk and Silk-Like Supramolecular Materials

    Tanner D. Fink and R. Helen Zha

    Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700834

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    Silk and silk-mimetic materials exhibit many supramolecular properties. In this review, the hierarchical structure and self-assembly of silk are discussed from a supramolecular chemistry perspective. Furthermore, meaningful comparisons to well-studied synthetic supramolecular systems with chemical and structural parallels to silk are explored.

  2. Sulfur Radical Transfer and Coupling Reaction to Benzoxazine Groups: A New Reaction Route for Preparation of Polymeric Materials Using Elemental Sulfur as a Feedstock

    Ho-Keng Lin and Ying-Ling Liu

    Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700832

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    Sulfur radical transfer and coupling reaction to a radical acceptor is demonstrated as a new reaction route for preparation of polymeric materials using elemental sulfur as a feedstock.

  3. Macroscopic Adhesion of Thermoreversible ABC Triblock Copolymer-Based Hydrogels Via Boronic Acid–Sugar Complexation

    Ryota Tamate, Kotomi Takahashi, Takeshi Ueki, Aya Mizutani Akimoto and Ryo Yoshida

    Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700835

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    ABC triblock copolymers that have stable and biocompatible complementary units are synthesized. The introduction of the hydrophobic C block prevents the formation of loop chains, and the ABC triblock copolymers undergo thermoreversible sol–gel transition with lower polymer concentration than ABA triblock copolymers. Furthermore, macroscopic adhesion between galactosyl-containing and phenylboronic acid-containing ABC triblock copolymer hydrogels is confirmed in the physiological condition.

  4. Enzymatic Continuous Flow Synthesis of Thiol-Terminated Poly(δ-Valerolactone) and Block Copolymers

    Ning Zhu, Weijun Huang, Xin Hu, Yihuan Liu, Zheng Fang and Kai Guo

    Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700807

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    Well-defined thiol-terminated poly(δ-valerolactone) and block copolylactones are efficiently prepared via enzymatic continuous flow chemoselective ring-opening polymerizations.

  5. Imaging Proton Transport in Giant Vesicles through Cyclic Peptide–Polymer Conjugate Nanotube Transmembrane Ion Channels

    Jason G. Binfield, Johannes C. Brendel, Neil R. Cameron, Ahmed M. Eissa and Sébastien Perrier

    Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700831

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    A simple strategy to visualize and quantify proton transport across lipid bilayers through self-assembled cyclic peptide–polymer conjugate (CPPC) nanotubes incorporated in an electroformed giant unilamellar vesicle (GUV) membrane is presented. Confocal fluorescence microscopy shows comprehensive integration of fluorescein-labeled CPPCs in the GUV membranes. Formation of ion channels is confirmed by pH-sensitive dye quenching experiments.