Archive for November, 2016

Royal Society of Chemistry and ACS Publications commit to ORCID integration

Yesterday, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society Publications Division, ACS Publications, both signed the ORCID Open Letter committing to unambiguous identification of all authors that publish in our journals.

The official press release can be found here: http://rsc.li/orcid

In brief, this partnership with ORCID will resolve ambiguity in researcher identification caused by name changes, cultural differences in name presentation, and the inconsistent use of name abbreviations, thereby ensuring their contributions are appropriately recognized and credited.

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11th SPSJ International Polymer Conference (IPC2016)

13 – 16 December 2016, Fukuoka, Japan

The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) has organized SPSJ International Polymer Conferences (IPC) since 1984 offering an excellent platform to meet and discuss most updated topics in polymer science and technology.
The 11th SPSJ International Polymer Conference (IPC2016) will cover all aspects of polymer chemistry from synthesis to green chemistry, from semiconductor science to bio-related polymers, to make the conference “the cutting edge in polymer science & technology and the next milestone”.


Key oral Sessions:

  • Recent Trends in Polymer Synthesis
  • Recent Trends in Physics for Macro- and Supra-molecules
  • Frontiers in Surface and Interface in Macromolecular Systems
  • Frontiers in Biomedical Polymers and Nanomedicines
  • Optics, Electronics and Energy
  • Polymers in Automobiles and Aircrafts
  • Polymers in Green Chemistry
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RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium – final registration deadline

RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium

This is your last chance to attend RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium as the final registration deadline is just a few days away. Be sure to register by 15 November 2016 to secure your place.

For full details of speakers and conference themes, please visit the event web page.

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Focus on: Supramolecular Polymerisation

This month we focus on three articles appearing in Polymer Chemistry which report various types of Supramolecular Polymerisation. Supramolecular polymers are polymers formed through reversible non-covalent bonds, such as hydrogen bonding, π-π interactions, coordination and host-guest interactions. Advantages of supramolecular polymers include self-healing properties, improved processability, degradability and recyclability; these materials have found applications in fields including optoelectronics, tissue engineering, drug delivery, gene transfection, self healing films and networks to name a few. The articles highlighted this month demonstrate supramolecular polymerisation directed by coordination and host-guest interactions.

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1. Ligand effects on cooperative supramolecular polymerization of platinum(II) acetylide complexes
Zhao Gao, Junlong Zhu, Yifei Han, Xiaoqin Lv, Xiaolong Zhang, Feng Wang
Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 5763-5767; DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01440B

The authors present the formation of helical nano-fibers and organogels by supramolecular polymerisation of a rod-like platinum(II) acetylide monomer with less bulky ligand substituents. The self-assembly mechanism was found to be through a cooperative nucleation–elongation mechanism, and the more-bulky monomers showed no aggregation. These results highlight the importance of minor monomer variations on the supramolecular polymerisation mechanism.

2. Supramolecular main-chain polycatenanes formed by orthogonal metal ion coordination and pillar[5]arene-based host–guest interaction
Hao Xing and Bingbing Shi
Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 6159-6163; DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01617K

The combination of catenanes and supramolecular polymers has been reported here, where the authors show the orthogonal use of coordination between zinc ions and terpyridyl groups and pillar[5]arene host-guest interactions. The materials exhibited glue-sol transitions with a change of temperature or hydroxide ion concentration. The mechanical properties were assessed by rheology, which showed improvement compared with a supramolecular polymer without catenane functionality.

3. Pillar[5]arene-based amphiphilic supramolecular brush copolymers: fabrication, controllable self-assembly and application in self-imaging targeted drug delivery
Guocan Yu, Run Zhao, Dan Wu, Fuwu Zhang, Li Shao, Jiong Zhou, Jie Yang, Guping Tang, Xiaoyuan Chen Feihe Huang
Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 6178-6188; DOI: 10.1039/C6PY01402J

Supramolecular brush copolymers were prepared utilising host-guest interactions between pillar[5]arene and a viologen salt. The supramolecular brush copolymers self-assembled into single chain nanoparticles which were fluorescent due to the aggregation-induced emission effect. Doxorubicin loading was achieved and biotin labelling resulted in targeted drug delivery and imaging capabilities. The single-chain nanoparticles showed excellent anti-tumour efficacy with limited systemic toxicity in vivo.

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About the webwriterFiona Hatton

Dr. Fiona Hatton is a web writer for Polymer Chemistry. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Armes group at the University of Sheffield, UK. Find her on Twitter: @fi_hat

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2017 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship is now open!

Do you know an early-career researcher who deserves recognition for their contribution to the polymer chemistry field?

Now is your chance to put them forward for the accolade they deserve.

Polymer Chemistry is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for its 2017 Lectureship award. This annual award was established in 2015 to honour an early-stage career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the polymer chemistry field.

Previous winners

2016 – Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University, China

2015 – Richard Hoogenboom, Ghent University, Belgium

Qualification

To be eligible for the Polymer Chemistry Lectureship, the candidate should be in the earlier stages of their scientific career, typically within 15 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, and will have made a significant contribution to the field.

Description

The recipient of the award will be asked to present a lecture three times, one of which will be located in the home country of the recipient. The Polymer Chemistry Editorial Office will provide the sum of £1000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.

The recipient will be presented with the award at one of the three award lectures. They will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased on the back cover of the issue in which their article is published.

Selection

The recipient of the award will be selected and endorsed by the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board.

Nominations

Those wishing to make a nomination should send details of the nominee, including a brief C.V. (no longer than 2 pages A4) together with a letter (no longer than 2 pages A4) supporting the nomination, to the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Office by 27thJanuary 2017. Self-nomination is not permitted.

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