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Plant protein regulates diabetes treatment: Polymer Chemistry article in Chemistry World

A plant protein has been used to make a new class of glucose-responsive polymer nanogels that could one day negate the need for diabetes patients to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels and inject themselves with insulin.

Diabetes currently affects over 347 million people worldwide and with this number set to rise, research into the treatment of this disease is of vital importance. For type 1 and advanced type 2 diabetes, patients must regularly prick their fingers to check their blood glucose levels and inject themselves with insulin accordingly. This not only impinges on a patient’s quality of life, but also fails to precisely control the dose of insulin reaching its main site of action, the liver.

Glucose induces a conformation change in concanavlin A, causing a change in the volume of the nanogel

Interested to know more? Read the full news article by Jessica Cocker in Chemistry World here…

Read the article by T Ye et al. in Polymer Chemistry:

Synthesis and volume phase transition of concanavalin A-based glucose-responsive nanogels
Ting Ye, Suting Yan, Yumei Hu, Li Ding and Weitai Wu 
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00778B

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Top 10 most-read Polymer Chemistry articles – Q2 2013

This month sees the following articles in Polymer Chemistry that are in the top 10 most accessed from April – June:

Thiol-ene “click” reactions and recent applications in polymer and materials synthesis
Andrew B. Lowe
Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 17-36
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00216BB9PY00216B 

Topological polymer chemistry: a cyclic approach toward novel polymer properties and functions
Takuya Yamamoto and Yasuyuki Tezuka
Polym. Chem., 2011,2, 1930-1941
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00088H 

New n-type polymer semiconductors based on naphthalene diimide and selenophene derivatives for organic field-effect transistors
Ye-Jin Hwang, Nishit M. Murari and Samson A. Jenekhe
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 3187-3195
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00325F 

Thiophene based hyperbranched polymers with tunable branching using direct arylation methods
Ken Okamoto, Jeremy B. Housekeeper, Forrest E. Michael and Christine K. Luscombe  
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 3499-3506
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00412K 

A versatile post-polymerization modification method for polyglutamic acid: synthesis of orthogonal reactive polyglutamates and their use in “click chemistry”
Matthias Barz, Aroa Duro-Castano and María J. Vicent
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2989-2994
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00189J 

Metal-free click polymerization of propiolates and azides: facile synthesis of functional poly(aroxycarbonyltriazole)s
Hongkun Li, Jian Wang, Jing Zhi Sun, Rongrong Hu, Anjun Qin and Ben Zhong Tang  
Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 1075-1083
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY00586G 

Clickable initiators, monomers and polymers in controlled radical polymerizations – a prospective combination in polymer science
Ulrich Mansfeld, Christian Pietsch, Richard Hoogenboom, C. Remzi Becer and Ulrich S. Schubert  
Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 1560-1598
DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00168F 

Double click reaction strategies for polymer conjugation and post-functionalization of polymers
Hakan Durmaz, Amitav Sanyal, Gurkan Hizal and Umit Tunca  
Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 825-835
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00471A 

Acid and reduction dually cleavable amphiphilic comb-like copolymer micelles for controlled drug delivery
Wei Shao, Ke Miao, Huanhuan Liu, Chunnuan Ye, Jianzhong Du and Youliang Zhao
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 3398-3410
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00252G 

Conjugated polymer nanostructures for organic solar cell applications
Jiun-Tai Chen and Chain-Shu Hsu  
Polym. Chem., 2011,2, 2707-2722
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00275A 

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8th International Dendrimer Symposium – Poster Prize Winners

Polymer Chemistry and Soft Matter was delighted to award two Poster Prizes at 8th International Dendrimer Symposium held in Madrid, Spain on 23rd – 27th June. The winners were:

Polymer Chemistry Award: Poster 44
M.A. VAN DONGEN (University of Michigan, USA)
Generationnaly pure PAMAM dendrimers as precisely controlled structural building blocks.

Soft Matter Award: Poster 40
Joona MIKKILA (Finland)
Dendrimers mediated formation of inclusion body mimicking virus paracrystals.

Each winner received an RSC Poster Prize certificate as well as 1 year electronic subscription to the journal.

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EPF 2013 – Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize Winner

 

Dr. Sheila Ortega Sánchez (left) receiving her certificate

Polymer Chemistry was delighted to award a Poster Prize at EPF 2013 held in Pisa, Italy on 16th – 21st June. The winner was:

Dr. Sheila Ortega Sánchez
CIRCC – Interuniv. Consortium Chemical Reactivity & Catalysis

Poster P4-70 : New functional polymers from biomass by atrp copolymerization of 2-vinylfuran with styrene initiated by Cu(I)-PMDETA
S. Ortega Sanchez, A. Dibenedetto, A. Grassi

Dr. Sheila Ortega Sánchez received a Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize certificate as well as 1 year electronic subscription to the journal.

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Top 10 Most-accessed Polymer Chemistry articles in March

This month sees the following articles in Polymer Chemistry that are in the top ten most accessed for March:

Thiol-ene “click” reactions and recent applications in polymer and materials synthesis
Andrew B. Lowe
Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 17-36
DOI: 10.1039/b9py00216b 

Protecting-group-free synthesis of chain-end multifunctional polymers by combining ATRP with thiol–epoxy ‘click’ chemistry
Ikhlas Gadwal and   Anzar Khan
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2440-2444
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00136A 

Self-assembly of core–shell nanoparticles for self-healing materials
Yulin Chen and Zhibin Guan
Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00078H 

Indacenodithieno[3,2-b]thiophene-based broad bandgap polymers for high efficiency polymer solar cells
Yun-Xiang Xu, Chu-Chen Chueh, Hin-Lap Yip, Chih-Yu Chang, Po-Wei Liang, Jeremy J. Intemann, Wen-Chang Chen and Alex K.-Y. Jen
Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00121K 

A facile approach for the synthesis of cyclic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) based on an anthracene–thiol click reaction
Binyuan Liu, Huili Wang, Li Zhang, Guofu Yang, Xiaoxia Liu and Il Kim
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2428-2431
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00184A 

Self-healing polymers based on thermally reversible Diels–Alder chemistry
Ying-Ling Liu and Tsai-Wei Chuo
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2194-2205
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20957H 

Benzodifuran-alt-thienothiophene based low band gap copolymers: substituent effects on their molecular energy levels and photovoltaic properties
Lijun Huo,  Zhaojun Li, Xia Guo, Yue Wu, Maojie Zhang, Long Ye, Shaoqing Zhang  and  Jianhui Hou
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 3047-3056
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00074E 

An effect on the side chain position of D–p–A-type conjugated polymers with sp2-hybridized orbitals for organic photovoltaics
Kwan Wook Song, Ho Jun Song, Tae Ho Lee, Soo Won Heo and Doo Kyung Moon
Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00195D 

pH degradable dendron-functionalized poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) prepared by a cascade “double-click” reaction
Kristian Kempe,  Sebla Onbulak, Ulrich S. Schubert, Amitav Sanyal and Richard Hoogenboom
Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00258F 

Antitumor efficacy of doxorubicin-loaded electrospun nano-hydroxyapatite–poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) composite nanofibers
Fuyin Zheng, Shige Wang, Mingwu Shen, Meifang Zhu and Xiangyang Shi
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 933-941
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20779F 

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NanoDDS’13: Oct. 25-26, 2013 – University of California, San Diego

The 11th International Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium (NanoDDS’13) will be held Oct. 25-26, 2013 at the University of California, San Diego. NanoDDS is the key annual event for researchers developing next-generation delivery vehicles: targeted, responsive, biodegradable nanomaterials for drug delivery, diagnostics, noninvasive imaging, and regenerative medicine. This symposium, co-chaired by Adah Almutairi of UC San Diego and Andrew Mackay of the University of Southern California, features a diverse group of creative, high-profile investigators, including Erkki Ruoslahti, Samuel Stupp, and Allan Hoffman.

Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted from May through September; the top three abstracts will win prizes and oral presentation slots.

More information can be found here.

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245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition Chemistry of Energy and Food- Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize Winners

Polymer Chemistry was delighted to award three Poster Prizes at the 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition Chemistry of Energy and Food held in New Orleans, Louisiana on 7th – 11th April. The winners were:

1st place:

Boyu Zhang
, Tulane University
“Exploring the effect of amphiphile architecture: Synthesis, characterization, and self-assmebly of both cyclic and linear poly(ethylene glycol)-b-polycaprolactone”

2nd place:

Ravinder Elupula
, Tulane University
“Multi-arm globes via ‘click’ coupling”

3rd place:

Takahiro Ogawa, Tokyo Tech.
“Rational Synthesis of cyclic polymer via rotaxanation of linear polymer directed towards linear-cyclic reversible topology conversion.”

Each prize winner received a Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize certificate as well as 1 year electronic subscription to the journal.

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Top 10 Most-accessed Polymer Chemistry articles in February

This month sees the following articles in Polymer Chemistry that are in the top ten most accessed for February:

Thiol-ene “click” reactions and recent applications in polymer and materials synthesis
Andrew B. Lowe
Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 17-36
DOI: 10.1039/b9py00216b 

Synthesis of biodegradable polymers from renewable resources
Mathieu J.-L. Tschan ,  Emilie Brulé ,  Pierre Haquette and Christophe M. Thomas
Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 836-851
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY00452F 

Healable supramolecular polymers
Lewis R. Hart ,  Josephine L. Harries ,  Barnaby W. Greenland ,  Howard M. Colquhoun and Wayne Hayes
Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00081H 

Synthesis and characterization of copolymers based on benzotriazoles and different atom-bridged dithiophenes for efficient solar cells
Zuojia Li ,  Dan Zhou ,  Lixin Li ,  Ying Li ,  Yujiang He ,  Jian Liu and Qiang Peng
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2496-2505
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY21099E 

Photocontrolled reversible supramolecular assemblies of a diblock azo-copolymer based on ß-cyclodextrin–Azo host–guest inclusion complexation
Shaohua Wang ,  Qiongxia Shen ,  Mian Hasnain Nawaz and Weian Zhang
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2151-2157
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY21148G 

Functional block copolymer nanoparticles: toward the next generation of delivery vehicles
Maxwell J. Robb ,  Luke A. Connal ,  Bongjae F. Lee ,  Nathaniel A. Lynd and Craig J. Hawker
Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 1618-1628
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20131C 

Synthesis of new n-type isoindigo copolymers
François Grenier ,  Philippe Berrouard ,  Jean-Rémi Pouliot ,  Hsin-Rong Tseng ,  Alan J. Heeger and Mario Leclerc
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 1836-1841
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20986A

Double click reaction strategies for polymer conjugation and post-functionalization of polymers
Hakan Durmaz ,  Amitav Sanyal ,  Gurkan Hizal and Umit Tunca
Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 825-835
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00471A

Polymerization of cyclic esters using N-heterocyclic carbene carboxylate catalysts

Emilie Brulé ,  Vincent Guérineau ,  Philippe Vermaut ,  Frédéric Prima ,  Janos Balogh ,  Laurent Maron ,  Alexandra M. Z. Slawin ,  Steven P. Nolan and Christophe M. Thomas
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2414-2423
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00108C

Atom transfer radical polymerization of hydrophilic monomers and its applications
Weiwei He ,  Hongjuan Jiang ,  Lifen Zhang ,  Zhenping Cheng and Xiulin Zhu
Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00122A 

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Top 10 Most-accessed Polymer Chemistry articles in January

This month sees the following articles in Polymer Chemistry that are in the top ten most accessed for January:

Thiol-ene “click” reactions and recent applications in polymer and materials synthesis
Andrew B. Lowe
Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 17-36
DOI: 10.1039/b9py00216b 

Highly permeable polymers for gas separation membranes
Peter M. Budd and Neil B. McKeown
Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 63-68
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00319C 

Reversible photoisomerization of azobenzene-containing polymeric systems driven by visible light
Ruijiao Dong ,  Bangshang Zhu ,  Yongfeng Zhou ,  Deyue Yan and Xinyuan Zhu
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 912-915
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY21060F 

Self-healing polymers based on thermally reversible Diels–Alder chemistry
Ying-Ling Liu and Tsai-Wei Chuo
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2194-2205
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20957H 

Making polymeric nanoparticles stimuli-responsive with dynamic covalent bonds
Alexander W. Jackson and David A. Fulton
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 31-45
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20727C 

Synthesis of thiophene-containing conjugated polymers from 2,5-thiophenebis(boronic ester)s by Suzuki polycondensation
Meifang Liu ,  Yulan Chen ,  Chi Zhang ,  Cuihong Li ,  Weiwei Li and Zhishan Bo
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 895-899
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY21070C 

Living lamellar crystal initiating polymerization and brittleness mechanism investigations based on crystallization during the ring-opening of cyclic butylene terephthalate oligomers
Jianqiang Zhang ,  Zongbao Wang ,  Bingjie Wang ,  Quting Gou ,  Junwu Zhang ,  Jian Zhou ,  Ya Li ,  Peng Chen and Qun Gu
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 1648-1656
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20847D

Synthesis of new n-type isoindigo copolymers

François Grenier ,  Philippe Berrouard ,  Jean-Rémi Pouliot ,  Hsin-Rong Tseng ,  Alan J. Heeger and Mario Leclerc
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 1836-1841
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20986A

Synthesis and photovoltaic properties of novel 3,4-ethylenedithiathiophene-based copolymers for organic solar cells
Xiuxuan Sun ,  Weichao Chen ,  Zhengkun Du ,  Xichang Bao ,  Guannan Song ,  Kangquan Guo ,  Ning Wang and Renqiang Yang
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 1317-1322
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20995K

Water-soluble supramolecular hyperbranched polymers based on host-enhanced p–p interaction
Ruochen Fang ,  Yiliu Liu ,  Zhiqiang Wang and Xi Zhang
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 900-903
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY21037A 

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8th International Dendrimer Symposium (IDS8) 23rd – 27th of June 2013 in Madrid

The 8th International Dendrimer Symposium (IDS8) will be in Madrid, Spain from 23rd – 27th of June 2013.

IDS8 represents a great opportunity to explore the recent developments on dendrimer synthesis and applications. The organisers are extremely proud to hold the upcoming IDS8 in Madrid. They are planning an attractive Scientific Programme where all areas of dendrimer research will be represented: General, Dendrimer Synthesis & Characterization, Hyperbranched Polymer Synthesis & Characterization, Biological Studies, Drug Delivery, Imaging, Computational Modeling and Databases, Novel Applications, Catalysis and Light Harvesting and Plenary.

Please note the following dates:

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30th March 2013
  • Deadline for the reduced registration fee is: 15th April 2013

You can find more information on the 8th International Dendrimer Symposium at: http://ids-8.com

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