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  1. Multistructured Nanogel-Based Networks Formed from Interfacial Redox Polymerizations for Modulating Small Molecule Release

    Eric A. Dailing, Devatha P. Nair, Travis Van De Veer, Tyler D'Ovidio and Jeffrey W. Stansbury

    Version of Record online: 17 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700256

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    Crosslinked polymer gels can be conformally coated with polymerizable nanogels through an interfacially mediated redox reaction. Uniform, micrometer-scale coatings form rapidly at ambient, aqueous conditions. The structure of the nanogel coating controls the diffusion coefficient of a small molecule from the core polymer. Furthermore, the core polymer and nanogel coating may be separately loaded with different small molecules for multidrug release.

  2. Design of Random and Semi-Random Conjugated Polymers for Organic Solar Cells

    Jenna B. Howard and Barry C. Thompson

    Version of Record online: 15 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700255

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    Random and semi-random conjugated polymer backbone structures offer various handles for modification of optical, electronic, and physical properties. Organic photovoltaic devices benefit from finely tuned and optimized polymer structures, which impart ideal absorption profiles, energy levels, and miscibility with other components. In this article, random copolymer structures are classified and structure-function relationships are explored.

  3. Azobenzene-Incorporated Single- and Double-Stranded Polynorbornenes: Facile Synthesis and Diverse Photoresponsive Property

    Liang Ding, Tianjing Li, Juan Li and Wei Song

    Version of Record online: 14 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700245

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    The azobenzene-incorporated single- and double-stranded polynorbornenes are synthesized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Hydrolysis of these polynorbornenes gives the corresponding isotactic single-stranded polynorbornene bearing similar polydispersity and degree of polymerization as those of the original polymers. The solution of these polynorbornenes shows diverse photoresponsive properties, which will open new perspective in advanced application areas.

  4. Rubrene-Based Green-Light-Sensitive Photoinitiating Systems of Polymerization

    Pu Xiao, Jing Zhang, Bernadette Graff, Jean Pierre Fouassier and Jacques Lalevée

    Version of Record online: 10 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700314

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    The excited singlet states of Rubrene can interact with an iodonium salt under green laser irradiation to generate cations and free radicals. These produced cations and free radicals demonstrate photoinitiation efficiency for both the cationic photopolymerization of epoxides and the free radical photopolymerization of acrylates.

  5. Synthesis of π-Conjugated Polymer Thin Films by Electropolymerization of Benzodithiophene Derivatives

    Sho Wakana, Hiroki Nishiyama, Shinsuke Inagi and Ikuyoshi Tomita

    Version of Record online: 9 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700123

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    A new class of electrochemically polymerizable π-extended fused ring systems, 4,5-diaryl benzodithiophene derivatives, is prepared from simple building blocks by the three-component coupling reaction followed by the photochemical annulation. Their electropolymerization provides π-conjugated polymer thin films that exhibit clear electrochromic behavior.

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