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  1. One-Step In Situ Biosynthesis of Graphene Oxide–Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposite Hydrogels

    Hongjuan Si, Honglin Luo, Guangyao Xiong, Zhiwei Yang, Sudha R. Raman, Ruisong Guo and Yizao Wan

    Article first published online: 2 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400239

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    Graphene oxide–bacterial cellulose (GO/BC) nanocomposite hydrogels with well-dispersed GO in the network of BC have been successfully developed using a facile one-step in situ biosynthesis by adding GO suspension into the culture medium of BC. The composites show a significant increase in tensile properties at relatively low GO loadings.

  2. Strategy for Good Dispersion of Well-Defined Tetrapods in Semiconducting Polymer Matrices

    Jaehoon Lim, Lisa zur Borg, Stefan Dolezel, Friederike Schmid, Kookheon Char and Rudolf Zentel

    Article first published online: 1 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400314

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    The results presented here demonstrate that rigid tetrapod-like structures are not compatible with a melt of flexible polymer chains. Compatibility can, however, be achieved by grafting well-designed polymers onto them. Thus, it is possible to prepare homogeneous dispersions of tetrapods with arm lengths up to 100 nm in a polymer matrix. With respect to polymer electronics, this allows the preparation of new semiconducting polymer–CdSe TP hybrid systems with well-dispersed morphology.

  3. Metallo-Supramolecular Nanogels for Intracellular pH-Responsive Drug Release

    Xuemei Yao, Li Chen, Xiaofei Chen, Chaoliang He, Jingping Zhang and Xuesi Chen

    Article first published online: 1 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400291

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    Intracellular pH-responsive metallo-supramolecular nanogels (MSNs) with excellent biocompatibility and stability are fabricated by the metallo-supramolecular-coordinated interaction between histidine and iron-meso-tetraphenylporphin. MSNs show excellent pH responsiveness in the intracellular mildly acidic environment, which has great potential for acid-triggered drug release delivery.

  4. Masthead: Macromol. Rapid Commun. 17/2014

    Article first published online: 1 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470059

  5. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 17/2014 (page 1544)

    Jianzhao Liu, Adam J. P. Bauer and Bingbing Li

    Article first published online: 1 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201470061

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    Back Cover: This study, for the first time, demonstrates that the solvent vapor annealing (SVA) method can be utilized to introduce structural hierarchy to PCL-based fibers. The acetone vapor can delocalize amorphous chains and redeposit them onto the existing crystal edges, leading to hierarchically structured fibers. This facile approach provides new insight into the design and fabrication of hierarchical polymeric materials. Further details can be found in the article by J. Liu, A. J. P. Bauer, and B. Li* on page 1503.