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  1. Design of Optimized Reaction Conditions for the Efficient Living Anionic Polymerization of Cyclopropane-1,1-Dicarboxylates

    Antoine Benlahouès, Blandine Brissault, Sylvie Boileau and Jacques Penelle

    Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700463

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    An experimental reinvestigation of the parameters used during the living anionic polymerization of di-n-propyl cyclopropane-1,1-dicarboxylate has allowed us to design a novel, robust protocol that does not include unnecessary steps and is easy to handle experimentally, while highly reproducible. Degrees of polymerization of up to 200 can be routinely obtained, with Mw/Mn lower than 1.05.

  2. Functional Surfaces Constructed with Hyperbranched Copolymers as Optical Imaging and Electrochemical Cell Sensing Platforms

    Sebila Balta, Cansu Aydogan, Bilal Demir, Caner Geyik, Mustafa Ciftci, Emine Guler, Dilek Odaci Demirkol, Suna Timur and Yusuf Yagci

    Version of Record online: 14 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700433

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    Initially, cell adhesion experiments are conducted via preparing surfaces on indium tin oxide, and then the same hyperbranched copolymers deposited over glassy carbon electrodes are used for electrochemical sensing of used model cell lines.

  3. 21st Century Advances in Fluorescence Techniques to Characterize Glass-Forming Polymers at the Nanoscale

    Mary J. Burroughs, Dane Christie, Laura A. G. Gray, Mithun Chowdhury and Rodney D. Priestley

    Version of Record online: 14 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700368

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    Fluorescence techniques present unique capabilities for characterization of glass-forming polymers at the nanoscale. Advances in fluorescence over the past two decades have provided insight into the behavior of the glass transition temperature, physical aging, diffusion and mobility, and mechanical response in polymers confined to nanometer dimensions through sensitive, location-specific measurements.

  4. CdS–Oleic Acid Quantum Dots as Long-Wavelength Photoinitiators in Organic Solvent and Preparation of Luminescent, Colloidal CdS/Polymer Nanocomposites

    Enes Buz, Fabrice Morlet-Savary, Jacques Lalevée and Havva Yagci Acar

    Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700356

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    For the first time, quantum dots (QD) are shown as effective photoinitiators in a nonprotic solvent and in the absence of a coinitiator. Strongly luminescent PMMA/CdS nanoparticles are prepared in successful polymerizations initiated at 365 nm with oleic acid–CdS QDs. These QDs are also long-wavelength initiators, effectively starting polymerizations in the 400–500 nm range.

  5. Determination of Intimate Composition of Theranostic Polyplexes Based on (Co)Polymers of Poly(vinyl benzyl trimethylammonium chloride)

    Emi Haladjova, Grigoris Mountrichas, Stergios Pispas and Stanislav Rangelov

    Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700428

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    The most typical characterization of nonviral carriers of DNA is by size, size distribution, and ζ potential and very little is known about their detailed composition. Novel nanoparticulate systems that combine properties of condensing, protecting, and transport of genetic material with diagnostic and sensing modalities are developed and investigated by dynamic and static light scattering to establish what the systems really carry.

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