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  1. Determination of Homopolymerization Kinetics of 10-(N-Methylacrylamido)-decylphosphonic acid, Its Diethyl ester, and 10-(Methacryloyloxy)-decylphosphonic acid, and Their Copolymerization with Methyl methacrylate

    Štefan Chmela, Juraj Pavlinec, Agnesa Fiedlerová, Yohann Catel and Norbert Moszner

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201500237

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    Homopolymerization of N-alkylacrylamides M1 and M2 as well as methacrylate M3 is performed in MeOH using azobisisobutyronitrile as an initiator. Monomer M2 is the most reactive. The copolymerization of M1, M2, and M3 with methyl methacrylate (MMA) is studied. Although M3 and MMA exhibit similar reactivities, monomers M1 and M2 polymerize much slower than MMA.

  2. Dendritic-Linear Hybrid Multiarm Star Polymers: A Straightforward Synthesis of Polymer as Molecular Nanoparticles

    Abdulsalam Sultan Nasar and Selvaraj Veerapandian

    Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201500372

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    Synthesis of multiarm star polymers via “core first” method but possibly through two different chain growth fashions is described. One of the chain growth fashions yields polymer in the form of discrete molecular nanoparticle straight away.

  3. Optical Studies of Poly(hydroxy imide) to Polybenzoxazole Thermal Rearrangement

    Boz·ena Jarząbek, Magdalena Wójtowicz and Aleksandra Wolińska-Grabczyk

    Article first published online: 20 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201500200

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    Thermal conversion of poly(hydroxy imide) (HPI) to polybenzoxazole (PBO) is studied for the first time by using optical measurements carried out in situ up to 400 °C. Additional results of the extensive characterization of HPI and PBO based on attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and gas permeation measurements are also presented.

  4. Just Antimicrobial is not Enough: Toward Bifunctional Polymer Surfaces with Dual Antimicrobial and Protein-Repellent Functionality

    Wibke Hartleb, Julia S. Saar, Peng Zou and Karen Lienkamp

    Article first published online: 19 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201500266

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    Bifunctional antimicrobial and protein-repellent polymersurfaces can prove beneficial for the prevention of biofilm formation, particularly in the medical field. To obtain the desired dual functionality, the antimicrobial and the protein-repellent moiety of the polymer surfaces need to be precisely balanced. In this article, two possible surface architectures are described.

  5. Aqueous Polymer Self-Assembly Based on Cucurbit[n]uril-Mediated Host-Guest Interactions

    Ji Liu, Cindy Soo Yun Tan, Yang Lan and Oren A. Scherman

    Article first published online: 19 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/macp.201500295

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    In recent years, cucurbit[n]urils (CB[n]) have attracted considerable attentions on account of their unique structure and host-guest binding properties. In this article, recent research progress in the Scherman group, on CB[n]-mediated polymeric self-assembly, is summarized. It covers supramolecular macromolecular engineering and corresponding self-assemblies, supramolecular polymerization, single polymer chain nanoparticles, supramolecular polymer microcapsules, supramolecular polymer hydrogels, colloidal clusters, and surface engineering.