Macromolecular Bioscience

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Editor-in-Chief: Kirsten Severing, Editor: Anne Pfisterer

Online ISSN: 1616-5195

Associated Title(s): Advanced Healthcare Materials, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Macromolecular Rapid Communications

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February 22, 2017

TALENT: Promoting Endothelialization of Polymeric Cardiovascular Biomaterials

TALENT: Promoting Endothelialization of Polymeric Cardiovascular Biomaterials

Daniel E. Heath

Blood compatibility remains one of the most pressing challenges in the biomaterials field. Developing biomaterials that foster a confluent and functional endothelium is one of the most promising strategies for addressing this challenge. In this article methods that have been explored for promoting the endothelialization of biomaterials and proposed future research directions are described.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600574

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February 01, 2017

TREND: Microfluidic Studies of Polymer Adsorption in Flow

TREND: Microfluidic Studies of Polymer Adsorption in Flow

Alinaghi Salari, Eugenia Kumacheva*

Adsorption of polymer molecules under flow conditions governs a broad range of phenomena, including colloidal stabilization, adhesion, friction, and surface wetting and has a broad range of applications in industry, medicine, and biology. Microfluidic platforms integrated with analytical instrumentation offer the capability to study polymer adsorption in flow in a time- and labour-efficient manner.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600328

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February 01, 2017

TREND: Mechanically Defined Microgels by Droplet Microfluidics

TREND: Mechanically Defined Microgels by Droplet Microfluidics

Thomas Heida, Jens W. Neubauer, Maximilian Seuss, Nicolas Hauck, Julian Thiele,* Andreas Fery*

Microfluidic emulsion formation combined with hydrogel design via droplet templates has greatly advanced the application of microgels in cell culturing, sensing and actuation. On that account, exact knowledge and control over physicochemical and mechanical properties is crucial. We discuss recent progress in droplet microfluidics-based design of mechanically defined microgels, their latest applications and characterization methods on single-particle level.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600418

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February 01, 2017

TREND: Microfluidics and Macromolecules: Top-Down Analytics and Bottom-Up Engineering of Soft Matter at Small Scales

TREND: Microfluidics and Macromolecules: Top-Down Analytics and Bottom-Up Engineering of Soft Matter at Small Scales

Sebastian Seiffert

Microfluidics and polymer science is a congeniality to foster the understanding and to direct the engineering of macromolecular functional entities and materials. This article spotlights upon this synergy from two perspectives, one focusing on the analytical and one on the preparative benefit of microfluidics in polymer science and engineering, regarding both the arts of co-flow laminar and segmented-flow droplet-based microfluidics.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600280

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January 31, 2017

TREND: Precise Synthesis of Functional Block Copolymers by Living Anionic Polymerization of Vinyl Monomers Bearing Nitrogen Atoms in the Side Chain

TREND: Precise Synthesis of Functional Block Copolymers by Living Anionic Polymerization of Vinyl Monomers Bearing Nitrogen Atoms in the Side Chain

Myung-Jin Kim, Yong-Guen Yu, Nam-Goo Kang, Beom-Goo Kang, Jae-Suk Lee*

The living anionic polymerization of functional vinyl monomers bearing nitrogen atom, such as triphenylamine, carbazole, and pyridine moieties, are reviewed. Based on facile methods such as polymerization at low temperature, careful choice of additives and initiators, and the introduction of protective groups, well-defined homo-polymers and functional block copolymers are successfully obtained.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600445

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January 31, 2017

TALENT: Tuning Block Polymer Structure, Properties, and Processability for the Design of Efficient Nanostructured Materials Systems

TALENT: Tuning Block Polymer Structure, Properties, and Processability for the Design of Efficient Nanostructured Materials Systems

Melody A. Morris, Thomas E. Gartner III, Thomas H. Epps III*

Block polymers (BPs) are complex materials with the ability to self-assemble on nanometer lengthscales. This article details the Epps group's work on manipulating the macromolecular interactions in BPs in both bulk and thin film systems to improve control of ordering, orientation, processing, and properties. These developments will facilitate the continued incorporation of BPs in energy storage devices, microelectronic templating, and other technologies.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600513

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December 02, 2016

TALENT: Polymer Material Design by Microfluidics Inspired by Cell Biology and Cell-Free Biotechnology

TALENT: Polymer Material Design by Microfluidics Inspired by Cell Biology and Cell-Free Biotechnology

Julian Thiele

Fabrication of hydrogels and vesicles in microfluidic flow cells provides precise control over physicochemical material properties on micro- and nanoscale. Beyond material design, this opens the route towards microscopic experimental platforms that mimic aspects of architecture and function of the natural extra- and intracellular environment, for which microfluidic techniques employing liquid jets and droplets are discussed in this contribution.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600429

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November 21, 2016

TALENT: Precise Synthesis of Block and Miktoarm Star-Branched Polymers Containing Polythiophene Segments with Low Dispersity by Combination of Living Anionic Polymerization and Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation Systems

TALENT: Precise Synthesis of Block and Miktoarm Star-Branched Polymers Containing Polythiophene Segments with Low Dispersity by Combination of Living Anionic Polymerization and Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation Systems

Tomoya Higashihara

The synthetic methodologies of well-defined block and miktoarm star-branched polymers are reviewed, mostly focusing on the poly(3-alkylthiophene) (P3AT)-based block copolymers and miktoarm star-branched polymers obtained by the combination of living anionic polymerization (LAP) and Kumada catalyst-transfer polymerization (KCTP). Based on these combined approaches, versatile block copolymers and miktoarm star-branched polymers have been successfully synthesized with controlled molecular weights and low dispersities.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600434

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November 09, 2016

TREND: Cell Microencapsulation by Droplet Microfluidic Templating

TREND: Cell Microencapsulation by Droplet Microfluidic Templating

Torsten Rossow, Philipp S. Lienemann, David J. Mooney*

Hydrogel particles in the micrometer range, so called microgels, are excellent candidates to create, in a high throughput manner, a myriad of mimics of the three-dimensional natural extracellular matrix. As a result, microgels have gained importance for the encapsulation of living cells by droplet microfluidics. This trend article highlights and critically reviews current approaches, reveals technical challenges, and shows perspectives for future developments.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600380

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November 09, 2016

TREND: Precision Polymer Design in Microstructured Flow Reactors: Improved Control and First Upscale at Once

TREND: Precision Polymer Design in Microstructured Flow Reactors: Improved Control and First Upscale at Once

Thomas Junkers

The advantages of using microreactors for precision polymer synthesis are highlighted and compared to classical polymerization methodologies, demonstrating that continuous flow reactors do not only lead to improved kinetics of processes, but also to a higher quality of the residual polymers. The field of continuous flow polymerization is still at its start, but the potential is eminent and some future developments are discussed.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600421

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October 19, 2016

TALENT: Sequence Determination and Regulation in the Living Anionic Copolymerization of Styrene and 1,1-Diphenylethylene (DPE) Derivatives

TALENT: Sequence Determination and Regulation in the Living Anionic Copolymerization of Styrene and 1,1-Diphenylethylene (DPE) Derivatives

Hongwei Ma,* Li Han, Yang Li*

Sequence determination and regulation are investigated during the living anionic copolymerization of styrene and 1,1-diphenylethylene (DPE) derivatives. The sequence determination method is established to characterizing the sequence distribution of the DPE units in the chain. Through regulating substituent structures of DPE derivatives, sequence regulation is preliminarily actualized. Sequence-determined bottlebrush polymers are conveniently synthesized based on the sequence-determined main chains.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600420

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October 19, 2016

TREND: Polymeric Drift Control Adjuvants for Agricultural Spraying

TREND: Polymeric Drift Control Adjuvants for Agricultural Spraying

Reece W. Lewis, Richard A. Evans,* Nino Malic, Kei Saito,* Neil R. Cameron*

Polymeric drift control adjuvants (DCAs) increase the droplet size produced during agricultural spraying which minimizes drift of agrichemicals. Current DCAs are reviewed, highlighting key weaknesses and the mechanism through which they increase droplet size. A discussion on the applicability of new polymer chemistries and architectures to drift control then follows.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600139

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February 22, 2017
TALENT: Promoting Endothelialization of Polymeric Cardiovascular Biomaterials

February 01, 2017
TREND: Microfluidic Studies of Polymer Adsorption in Flow

February 01, 2017
TREND: Mechanically Defined Microgels by Droplet Microfluidics

February 01, 2017
TREND: Microfluidics and Macromolecules: Top-Down Analytics and Bottom-Up Engineering of Soft Matter at Small Scales

January 31, 2017
TREND: Precise Synthesis of Functional Block Copolymers by Living Anionic Polymerization of Vinyl Monomers Bearing Nitrogen Atoms in the Side Chain

January 31, 2017
TALENT: Tuning Block Polymer Structure, Properties, and Processability for the Design of Efficient Nanostructured Materials Systems

December 02, 2016
TALENT: Polymer Material Design by Microfluidics Inspired by Cell Biology and Cell-Free Biotechnology

November 21, 2016
TALENT: Precise Synthesis of Block and Miktoarm Star-Branched Polymers Containing Polythiophene Segments with Low Dispersity by Combination of Living Anionic Polymerization and Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation Systems

November 09, 2016
TREND: Cell Microencapsulation by Droplet Microfluidic Templating

November 09, 2016
TREND: Precision Polymer Design in Microstructured Flow Reactors: Improved Control and First Upscale at Once

October 19, 2016
TALENT: Sequence Determination and Regulation in the Living Anionic Copolymerization of Styrene and 1,1-Diphenylethylene (DPE) Derivatives

October 19, 2016
TREND: Polymeric Drift Control Adjuvants for Agricultural Spraying

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