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  1. Self-Organization of Poly(ethylene oxide) on the Surface of Aqueous Salt Solutions

    Christian Fuchs, Hazrat Hussain, Elkin Amado, Karsten Busse and Joerg Kressler

    Article first published online: 30 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400451

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    Highly stable Langmuir films of water soluble poly(ethylene oxide) are obtained and studied at the surface of aqueous salt solutions. Well-defined domains and crystals with sizes in the micrometer range were observed by Brewster angle microscopy.

  2. Synthesis of Polymer Nanoparticles via Vapor Phase Deposition onto Liquid Substrates

    Patrick D. Haller and Malancha Gupta

    Article first published online: 30 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400436

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    Polymer nanoparticles are formed at the liquid–vapor interface via vapor phase polymerization. The surface tension interaction between the polymer and the liquid determines the position of particles relative to the liquid–vapor interface, which has a significant effect on the growth of the particles over time.

  3. Polymerization of Norbornene Using Chiral Bis(phenolate) Zirconium Catalysts

    Marie Tschage, Seungwhan Jung, Thomas P. Spaniol and Jun Okuda

    Article first published online: 30 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400386

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    Norbornene is polymerized by both racemic and enantiopure zirconium bis(phenolate) catalysts with an (OSSO)-type ligand. Hydrooligomerization is performed leading to crystalline tetramers, which show 2,3-cis connections. Comparison of hydrooligomers and deuterooligomers confirms this enchainment without C7-linkages. The optical activity of the polymers and oligomers is investigated.

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    Nano-Stereocomplexation of Polylactide (PLA) Spheres by Spray Droplet Atomization

    Veluska Arias, Karin Odelius and Ann-Christine Albertsson

    Article first published online: 29 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400374

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    A direct and efficient method for the preparation of stereocomplexed high-molecular-weight polylactide (PLA)-based spherical nanoparticles by spray droplet atomization from polymeric solution is developed. These nanoparticles are expected to function as renewable materials in PLA-based nanocomposites and potentially as more stable drug delivery carriers.

  5. Self-Storage: A Novel Family of Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Materials for Optical and Electrochemical Switching

    Yixiao Dong, Chaocan Zhang, Lili Wu, Yanjun Chen and Yuanyuan Hu

    Article first published online: 25 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400356

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    Stimuli-responsive materials are fabricated by rising entropic effects to “disperse” liquid droplets in the polymer matrix. The responsive features show great promises for applications in solid devices, especially for optical smart windows and responsive solid electrolytes.