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  1. Contents: Macromol. Rapid Commun. 15/2015 (pages 1379–1381)

    Article first published online: 3 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201570061

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    Macromol. Rapid Commun. 15/2015 (page 1377)

    Wenjie Xia, David D. Hsu and Sinan Keten

    Article first published online: 3 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201570059

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    Front Cover: Low molecular weight polymer thin films play an increasingly critical role in nanotechnological applications. Nanoscale thin films exhibit strong confinement effects on chain dynamics and glass transition arising from free surfaces. Investigation of glass transition and confinement behaviors of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films shows a stronger interfacial effect on local free volume near the surface for lower molecular weight films. Further details can be found in the article by W. Xia, D. D. Hsu, and S. Keten* on page 1422.

  3. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 15/2015 (page 1452)

    Linge Wang, Paul D. Topham, Oleksandr O. Mykhaylyk, Hao Yu, Anthony J. Ryan, J. Patrick A. Fairclough and Wim Bras

    Article first published online: 3 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201570062

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    Back Cover: A novel approach for producing more uniform, intact beads by electrospinning a self-assembled block copolymer (BCP) solution is demonstrated. This approach allows a relatively high polymer concentration to be used, yet with a low degree of entanglement between polymer chains due to microphase separation of the BCP in a selective solvent system. Further details can be found in the article by L. Wang,* P. D. Topham, O. O. Mykhaylyk, H. Yu, A. J. Ryan, J. P. A. Fairclough, and W. Bras on page 1437.

  4. Masthead: Macromol. Rapid Commun. 15/2015

    Article first published online: 3 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201570060

  5. Electrochemically Induced Synthesis of Poly(2,6-carbazole)

    Katarzyna Laba, Przemyslaw Data, Pawel Zassowski, Krzysztof Karon, Mieczyslaw Lapkowski, Pawel Wagner, David L. Officer and Gordon G. Wallace

    Article first published online: 28 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500260

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    The formation of a poly(2,6-carbazole) derivative by electropolymerization is presented. Electrochemical and UV–Vis--NIR spectroelectrochemical measurements are shown. Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical results are supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculation. Both of the compounds form stable and electroactive conjugated polymers. A problem that may be encountered by many researchers is presented.