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  1. Does Membrane Thickness Affect the Transport of Selective Ions Mediated by Ionophores in Synthetic Membranes?

    Mihai Lomora, Ionel Adrian Dinu, Fabian Itel, Serena Rigo, Mariana Spulber and Cornelia G. Palivan

    Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500289

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    Biomimetic polymer nanocompartments (polymersomes) with ion-selective membrane permeability are designed by insertion of ionomycin. The ionophore preserves the architecture of polymersomes and is able to transport Ca2+ ions through membranes with thicknesses in the range of 10.7–13.4 nm.

  2. Aromatic Heterocycle 1,3,4-Oxadiazole-Substituted Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene to Build Low-Bandgap Polymer for Photovoltaic Application

    Dangqiang Zhu, Liang Sun, Qian Liu, Shuguang Wen, Liangliang Han, Xichang Bao and Renqiang Yang

    Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500379

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    The electron-deficient aromatic heterocycle 1,3,4-oxadiazole replaces the carbonyl group to investigate the optical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties of thieno[3,4-b]thiophene-based polymers.

  3. Shape-Memory PVDF Exhibiting Switchable Piezoelectricity

    Robin Hoeher, Thomas Raidt, Nikola Novak, Frank Katzenberg and Joerg C. Tiller

    Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500410

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    Cross-linking of polyvinylidene fluoride results in a polymer network that combines excellent shape-memory properties with a switchable piezoelectricity.

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    Toward Hybrid Materials: Group Transfer Polymerization of 3-(Trimethoxysilyl)propyl Methacrylate

    Justin J. Chung, Julian R. Jones and Theoni K. Georgiou

    Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500356

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    An alkoxysilane containing monomer is polymerized by group transfer poly­merization. Functional star polymers are produced that are later crosslinked to produce hybrid gels in a one-pot synthesis.

  5. Comparison of Loading Efficiency between Hyperbranched Polymers and Cross-Linked Nanogels at Various Branching Densities

    Robert W. Graff, Yi Shi, Xiaofeng Wang and Haifeng Gao

    Article first published online: 27 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500388

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    The encapsulation efficiency of alkynyl-containing dendron molecules into azido-containing hyperbranched polymers and cross-linked nanogels is explored. Hyperbranched polymers with “T”-shaped branching linkage represent a more open branched structure and have achieved higher loading efficiency (i.e., higher conversion) of dendron molecules than cross-linked nanogels that carried “X”-shaped branching linkage.