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  1. Kinetically Enhanced Approach for Rapid and Tunable Self-Assembly of Rod–Coil Block Copolymers

    Chun-Chih Ho, Shang-Jung Wu, Shih-Hsiang Lin, Seth B. Darling and Wei-Fang Su

    Article first published online: 21 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500161

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    A kinetically enhanced approach to rapidly process rod–coil block copolymers into highly ordered nanostructures is demonstrated by introducing a selective plasticizer into the copolymers during annealing. With the assistance of 3-dodecylthiophene (3DDT), the P3DDT-b-PMMA can reach its thermodynamic equilibrium and obtain ordered structures at 140 °C in 1 h while 48 h at 200 °C are required without 3DDT.

  2. Responsive Polymer-Based Assemblies for Sensing Applications

    Xue Li, Yongfeng Gao and Michael J. Serpe

    Article first published online: 20 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500066

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    The fabrication of responsive polymer-based photonic materials and their ability to detect a variety of stimuli is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on hydrogels and microgels, particularly poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-based materials. In each example, the responsive polymer is either used to provide structure, or acts as a matrix to secure other structured materials. The structure is what imparts color to the materials, which can be tuned by the responsive polymers. Many examples of such systems are detailed, with a particular focus on responsive polymer-based etalons.

  3. Self-Assembled Fluorescent Nanoparticles from π-Conjugated Small Molecules: En Route to Biological Applications

    Jurgen Schill, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning and Luc Brunsveld

    Article first published online: 20 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500117

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    An overview is given on the recent advances in self-assembly of intrinsically fluorescent nanoparticles from π-conjugated small molecules e.g. fluorene or perylene based chromophores for biomedical applications.

  4. Crystallization-Driven Self-Assembly of Rod–Coil–Rod Pseudopolyrotaxanes into Spherical Micelles, Nanorods, and Nanorings in Aqueous Solutions

    Rui Qi, Yong Jin, Xinfeng Cheng, Baozhu Fan, Tongbing Sun, Shaojun Peng and Hanping Li

    Article first published online: 20 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500129

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    A novel rod-containing block copolymer is constructed by supramolecular self-assembly of α-cyclodextrin and a synthetic triblock copolymer. This new block copolymer shows an exciting phenomenon of concentration- and pH-dependent morphological switching of well-defined nanostructures between spherical micelles and rod-like micelles, and between rod-like micelles and ring-shaped micelles in aqueous media.

  5. Contents: Macromol. Rapid Commun. 10/2015 (pages 863–865)

    Article first published online: 15 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201570040