Archive for June, 2015

The Editorial Board pick their favourite Polymer Chemistry articles

Polymer Chemistry is dedicated to publishing the most exciting research encompassing all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas. As well as a dedicated readership, our Editorial Board members are also passionate consumers of journal content. We felt, therefore, that it might be useful for our Editorial Board to direct readers towards the papers published in the journal they find most exciting, based on their personal interests.

In our new “Editorial Board’s Top Picks” section of the journal blog, Editorial Board members will, in turn, highlight their favourite papers.

Accompanying the blog posts, is a web collection of the selected Polymer Chemistry articles.

Each month a different member of the Editorial Board will be picking their top articles, so be sure to keep checking the website for the latest additions!

Let us know which Polymer Chemistry articles are your favourite by joining the conversation on Twitter @PolymChem.

The first installment of Editor’s pick comes from Editorial Board member Heather Maynard:


Heather Maynard is a member of the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, USA. Heather’s research lies at the frontiers of chemistry, biomaterials, and nanotechnology and involves a combination of organic and polymer synthesis, materials characterization, and biomedical research.


Heather has selected these Polymer Chemistry articles from 2015:

Dual side chain control in the synthesis of novel sequence-defined oligomers through the Ugi four-component reaction
Susanne C. Solleder, Katharina S. Wetzel and Michael A. R. Meier
Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 3201-3204

Degradable cross-linked polymer vesicles for the efficient delivery of platinum drugs
Q. Fu, J. Xu, K. Ladewig, T. M. A. Henderson and G. G. Qiao
Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 35-43

The power of one-pot: a hexa-component system containing π–π stacking, Ugi reaction and RAFT polymerization for simple polymer conjugation on carbon nanotubes
Bin Yang, Yuan Zhao, Xu Ren, Xiaoyong Zhang, Changkui Fu, Yaling Zhang, Yen Wei and Lei Tao
Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 509-513
This article was also highlighted on the Polymer Chemistry blog as Remzi Becer’s Paper of the Week.

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Polymer Chemistry welcomes new Associate Editor Emily Pentzer

We are delighted to welcome our newest Polymer Chemistry Associate Editor: Emily Pentzer (Case Western Reserve University, USA).

Emily will start her role as Associate Editor on 1 July 2015.

Emily Pentzer Polymer Chemistry

Emily obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Butler University, USA in 2005. She then moved to Northwestern University, USA where she completed her PhD in 2010 under the supervision of Professor SonBinh T. Nguyen working on the development of new monomers for ring-opening metathesis polymerisation. Between 2010 and 2013 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA where she investigated the synthesis and assembly of n-type and p-type materials for organic photovoltaic applications, supervised by Professor Todd Emrick in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering. Since July 2013, Emily has been at Case Western Reserve University, USA as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Her research addresses application-based materials problems in the areas of energy harvesting, management, and storage. She uses synthetic chemistry to tailor molecular design and control self-assembly for the preparation and study of novel conductive materials with controlled domain sizes and interfaces.

To find out more about Emily’s research take a look at her group’s website.

As a Polymer Chemistry Associate Editor, Emily will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to her Editorial Office?

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Polymer Chemistry’s Impact Factor increases to 5.520

Polymer Chemistry is delighted to announce its Impact Factor has increased to 5.520.

Polymer Chemistry Impact factor

Polymer Chemistry is dedicated to publishing research on all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas. The impressive Impact Factor of 5.520 and great Immediacy Index of 1.81 is a strong assurance that research published in Polymer Chemistry will have excellent visibility and relevance to the polymer chemistry community.

Publishing your research in Polymer Chemistry means that your article will be read and cited quickly by your colleagues. Did you know:

  • Polymer Chemistry‘s outstanding Immediacy Index has been consistently higher than its competitors since its launch. (Data based on Immediacy Indexes from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014)
  • Articles published in Polymer Chemistry receive on average 10 citations.
  • Since 2011 we have grown our content by over 290% AND our Impact Factor has continued to increase.
  • Articles published in Polymer Chemistry are less likely to receive zero citations compared to other journals in the field. In fact, 30% of articles published in Polymer Chemistry in 2014 received a minimum of 5 citations, which is higher than other journals in the field.

(Data downloaded from ISI Web of Science on 17 June 2015)


Our fast times to publication ensure that your research is reviewed and announced to the community rapidly.

From receipt, your research papers will be published in 56 daysCommunications articles will be published in a rapid 40 days(Data taken from 2015 average manuscript handling times)

Our unique combination of high quality articles, outstanding Editorial and Advisory Board, free colour and flexible manuscript format make it clear to see why Polymer Chemistry is one of the leading journals within the polymer science field. Why not take a look at our top 10 most downloaded articles from Q1 of 2015 and read the fantastic articles we publish.

So join the many leading scientists that have already chosen to publish in Polymer Chemistry and submit your research today to be seen with the best!

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Author of the Month: Dr. Andreas Walther

Dr. Andreas Walther graduated from Bayreuth University in Germany in 2008 with a PhD focusing on the self-assembly behaviour and applications of Janus particles and other soft, complex colloids. After a postdoctoral stay with a focus on biomimetic hybrid materials at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), he returned to Germany and established his independent research group at the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen. His research interests concentrate on developing and understanding hierarchical self-assembly concepts inside and outside equilibrium, and on utilising and connecting such processes to soft materials research – often following bioinspired design principles. Andreas has published more than 90 papers and has recently been awarded the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award (for Materials) and the Reimund Stadler Young Investigator Award of the German Chemical Society.

What was your inspiration in becoming a chemist?

I believe one of the big chemical companies is responsible for attracting me to chemistry by sending a “polymer science kit”, containing foams, resins and a toolkit to prepare Nylon fibres, to my senior class when I was still back in secondary school. Even nowadays, I still think that the classical experiment of pulling a polyamide fibre from the interface of oil/water monomer mixtures is one of the most intriguing and instructive experiments in a polymer class.

What was the motivation to write your Polymer Chemistry article?

Our main interest lies in developing self-assembly concepts to create new soft materials, for which we heavily rely on very well defined building blocks with tailored functionalities and interactions. Modern polymer chemistry provides us with the tools to make desirable building blocks with relative ease of synthesis. In this case we were interested in a straightforward way to modify the surfaces of colloidal particles to provide us with very specific biorecognition units, while at the same time rejecting all non-specific protein adhesion. Interestingly enough, despite all the common knowledge about the protein-repellent properties of polyethylene glycol (PEG) coatings, we could only find a very small amount of systematic studies discussing how for instance the architecture and composition of adsorbed PEG-based block copolymers influence protein repellency. So we went through a systematic study and optimised the building blocks to provide us with the required features for our future work. The underlying structure/property relationships at this point will be interesting for other researchers working on surface modification, biorecognition and protein-fouling.

Why did you choose Polymer Chemistry to publish your work?

Polymer Chemistry strives for high-level and interdisciplinary scientific contributions covering all modern aspects of polymer chemistry. We felt it to be the right place to achieve highest reach and recognition in the field.

In which upcoming conferences may our readers meet you?

European Polymer Federation Meeting, 21-26 June 2015, at Dresden, Germany.

How do you spend your spare time?

Keeping the work/life balance is probably one of the hardest challenges when working in science. I very much enjoy cooking to take my mind off stressful events, and I enjoy travelling to see new places and meet interesting people.

Which profession would you choose if you were not a scientist?

Indeed a very good question, I would probably follow another creative passion. Best-case scenario would then be running a restaurant in a picturesque place.


Combining the incompatible: Block copolymers consecutively displaying activated esters and amines and their use as protein-repellent surface modifiers with multivalent biorecognition

Daniel Hoenders,   Thomas Tigges and   Andreas Walther


We present the facile synthesis and orthogonal functionalization of diblock copolymers containing two mutually incompatible segments, i.e. primary amines and activated esters, that are displayed chronologically and synthesized by consecutive radical addition fragmentation transfer polymerization (RAFT) of suitably modified monomers. Post-polymerization modification of the active ester moieties with functionalized triethylene glycol derivatives (TEG-NH2/BiotinTEG-NH2) furnishes a protein-repellent block with specific biorecognition, and the activation of the amine groups via deprotection results in newly reactive primary amines. We subsequently use these amines as an anchoring layer for the coating of aldehyde-functionalized polystyrene (PS) colloids and demonstrate tight adhesion and enhanced protein-repellent characteristics combined with specific and multivalent biorecognition of avidin as a function of block ratios. Our strategy demonstrates a viable approach for orthogonal combination of widely needed, but mutually incompatible, functional groups into complex polymer architectures.



Cyrille Boyer is a guest web-writer for Polymer Chemistry. He is currently an associate professor and an ARC-Future Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales (Australia), deputy director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and member of Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design.


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