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Polymer Chemistry 2019 Lectureship now open for nominations!

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 2019 Lectureship. 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.

The recipient of the award will be asked to present a lecture at an international meeting in 2019, where they will also be presented with the award. The Polymer Chemistry Editorial Office will provide financial support to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.

The recipient will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased free of charge on the front cover of the issue in which their article is published.

Professor Cyrille Boyer

Left to right: Professor Cyrille Boyer with Dr Athina Anastasaki, Professor Emily Pentzer (Polymer Chemistry Associate Editor) and Dr Markus Muellner

Previous winners

2018 – Cyrille Boyer, University of New South Wales, Australia

2017 – Julien Nicolas, Université Paris Sud, France

2016 – Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University, China

2015 – Richard Hoogenboom, Ghent University, Belgium

Eligibility

To be eligible for the lectureship, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Be an independent researcher, having completed PhD and postdoctoral studies
  • Be actively pursuing research within the polymer chemistry field, and have made a significant contribution to the field
  • Be at an early stage of their independent career (this should be within 15 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break, for example for childcare leave, or followed an alternative study path)

Selection

  • Eligible nominated candidates will be notified of their nomination, and will be asked to provide 3 recent articles that they feel represent their current research.
  • All eligible nominated candidates will be assessed by a shortlisting panel, made up of members of the Polymer Chemistry Advisory Board and a previous lectureship winner.
  • The shortlisting panel will consider the articles provided by the candidates as well as their CVs and letters of nomination.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be further assessed by the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board, and a winner will be selected based on an anonymous poll.
  • Selection is not based simply on quantitative measures. Consideration will be given to all information provided in the letter of recommendation and candidate CV, including research achievements and originality, contributions to the polymer chemistry community, innovation, collaborations and teamwork, publication history, and engagement with Polymer Chemistry.

Nominations

  • Nominations must be made via email to polymers-rsc@rsc.org, and should include a short CV and a brief letter of nomination
  • Self-nomination is not permitted
  • Nominators do not need to be senior researchers, and we encourage nominations from people at all career levels
  • As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry, we believe we have a responsibility to promote inclusivity and accessibility in order to improve diversity. Where possible, we encourage each nominator to consider nominating candidates of all genders, races, and backgrounds.
  • Candidates outside of the stated eligibility criteria may still be considered
  • Nomination letters should be up to 1 page in length. They should particularly highlight contributions that the nominee has made to the field as an independent researcher, and any career breaks or alternative career paths that should be taken into consideration by the judging panel. Nomination of one candidate by multiple people in the same letter is accepted.

 

Nominations should be submitted no later than 15th December 2018.

 

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Welcome to our new Associate Editors

Filip graduatProfoessor Filip Du Prezed from his postgraduate studies in macromolecular chemistry from Ghent (Belgium) and Lehigh (USA) University in 1996, after which he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Montpellier and at Ghent University (UGent). In 1999, he ultimately became research leader of the Polymer Chemistry Research group (PCR) within the Centre of Macromolecular Chemistry (CMaC) at Ghent University, where he now leads a research group of 25 researchers and the UGent valorization consortium Chemtech as full professor.

Filip’s current research focuses on the development of new polymer structures, the exploration of powerful polymer functionalization methods and the design of polymer materials for high-value applications. His team uses a highly interdisciplinary approach to develop in some cases industrially applicable polymer materials. The main research themes of his research are on 1) polymer functionalization to absolute control, 2) dynamic and self-healing polymeric materials such as vitrimers and 3) increasing the functionality of renewable polymers.

Read some of his recent Polymer Chemistry articles below!

Polycycloacetals via polytransacetalization of diglycerol bisacetonide
Andrea Hufendiek,  Sophie Lingier,  Pieter Espeel,  Stefaan De Wildeman  and  Filip E. Du Prez
Polym. Chem., 2018, Advance Article

ADMET and TAD chemistry: a sustainable alliance
L. Vlaminck,  K. De Bruycker,  O. Türünç  and  F. E. Du Prez 
Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 5655-5663

Polydimethylsiloxane quenchable vitrimers

Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 6590-6593

 

Professor Holger Frey

Holger Frey is a chaired Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the author of 350 peer-reviewed original publications and reviews in different areas of current Polymer Science. He has been an Editorial Board member for Polymer Chemistry since June 2017 and has now moved role to become an Associate Editor.

His scope of interests is broad and comprises ionic polymerization techniques in general, hyperbranched materials (polyethers, polyesters, polycarbonates), silicon-based polymers, multifunctional poly(ethylene glycol)s, block copolymers and polymer nanostructures for drug transport. The current research interest of his group is centered on new functional polymers prepared via oxyanionic ring-opening polymerization, new approaches utilizing CO2 as a monomer, and non-conventional approaches in carbanionic polymer synthesis to generate gradient and multiblock structures, for instance as dispersants or for thermoplastic elastomers.

 Read some of his recent articles below!

“Clickable PEG” via anionic copolymerization of ethylene oxide and glycidyl propargyl ether
Jana Herzberger,  Daniel Leibig,  Jens Langhanki,  Christian Moers,  Till Opatz  and  Holger Frey
Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 1882-1887

Tunable dynamic hydrophobic attachment of guest molecules in amphiphilic core–shell polymers
Jörg Reichenwallner,  Anja Thomas,  Lutz Nuhn,  Tobias Johann,  Annette Meister,  Holger Frey  and  Dariush Hinderberger
Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 5783-5798

Water-soluble and redox-responsive hyperbranched polyether copolymers based on ferrocenyl glycidyl ether
Arda Alkan,  Rebecca Klein,  Sergii I. Shylin,  Ulrike Kemmer-Jonas,  Holger Frey  and  Frederik R. Wurm
Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 7112-7118

 


As Polymer Chemistry Associate Editors, Filip and Holger will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to their Editorial Office?

 

 

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Welcome to our new Associate Editor Professor Zi-Chen Li

We are delighted to welcome Professor Zi-Chen Li (Peking University) to his role as a new Associate Editor for Polymer Chemistry!

Professor Zi-Chen Li

Zi-Chen Li received his B.A. degree from Shandong University in 1987 and his M.Sci. degree from the Institute of Chemistry, CAS, in 1990. In 1995, he completed his PhD in Polymer Chemistry under the direction of Professor Fu-Mian Li at Peking University (PKU).   During his doctoral studies, he stayed at Waseda University, Japan, for one year as an exchanging student. After a two-year (1995-1996) postdoctoral research stint at PKU and Waseda University, he became a faculty member at PKU in 1997, and was promoted to professor in 2002.

His primary research interests currently include new polymerization methods, stimuli-responsive polymers and their biomedical applications, controlled degradation of polymers and recycling of monomers.

To learn about his research read some of his Polymer Chemistry articles below!

 

Synthesis of a ROS-responsive analogue of poly(ε-caprolactone) by the living ring-opening polymerization of 1,4-oxathiepan-7-one
Linggao Li,  Qiyuan Wang,  Ruiliang Lyu,  Li Yu,  Shan Su,  Fu-Sheng Du  and  Zi-Chen Li
Polym. Chem., 2018, Advance Article

ROS-responsive poly(ε-caprolactone) with pendent thioether and selenide motifs
Li Yu,  Mei Zhang,  Fu-Sheng Du  and  Zi-Chen Li
Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 3762-3773

Oxidation and temperature dual responsive polymers based on phenylboronic acid and N-isopropylacrylamide motifs
Mei Zhang,  Cheng-Cheng Song,  Ran Ji,  Zeng-Ying Qiao,  Chao Yang,  Fang-Yi Qiu,  De-Hai Liang,  Fu-Sheng Du  and  Zi-Chen Li
Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 1494-1504

 

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

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Polymer Chemistry welcomes new Associate Editors Tanja Junkers and Jeremiah Johnson

We are delighted to welcome Professor Tanja Junkers (Monash University) and Professor Jeremiah A. Johnson (MIT) as Associate Editors for Polymer Chemistry!

 

Tanja JunkersProfessor Tanja Junkers studied chemistry and graduated with a PhD in physical chemistry from Göttingen University. In January 2018 she became full professor at Monash University in Melbourne, she remains guest professor at Hasselt University and her group is currently active at both locations.

Her main research interests are precision polymer synthesis, use of continuous flow chemistry approaches, light-induced chemistries, polymer surface modification and investigations on kinetics and mechanisms of radical reactions. To find out more about her research read some of her recent publications below!

Visible light-induced iniferter polymerization of methacrylates enhanced by continuous flow
Maarten Rubens,  Phanumat Latsrisaeng  and  Tanja Junkers
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 6496-6505

RAFT multiblock reactor telescoping: from monomers to tetrablock copolymers in a continuous multistage reactor cascade
Evelien Baeten,  Joris J. Haven  and  Tanja Junkers
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 3815-3824

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson
Professor Jeremiah Johnson is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT. He was previously an Editorial Board member for Polymer Chemistry.

His research focuses on researching molecular design in three primary areas: nano-scale materials synthesis, macro-scale materials synthesis, and development of new chemical methods for modifying interfaces between bulk and nanoscale objects (surface chemistry). The tools of traditional organic and organometallic synthesis, synthetic polymer chemistry, photochemistry, surface science, and biopolymer engineering are combined to realize the design of target materials. To find out more about his research read some of his publications below!

Improving photo-controlled living radical polymerization from trithiocarbonates through the use of continuous-flow techniques
Mao Chen  and  Jeremiah A. Johnson
Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 6742-6745

Tailoring the structure of polymer networks with iniferter-mediated photo-growth
Awaneesh Singh,  Olga Kuksenok,  Jeremiah A. Johnson  and  Anna C. Balazs
Polym. Chem., 2016,7, 2955-2964

 

As Polymer Chemistry Associate Editors, Tanja and Jeremiah will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to their Editorial Office?

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2018 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship awarded to Cyrille Boyer

It is with great pleasure that we announce Prof Cyrille Boyer (University of New South Wales) as the recipient of the 2018 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship.

This award, now in its fourth year, honours an early-career researcher who has made significant contribution to the polymer chemistry field. The recipient is selected by the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board from a list of candidates nominated by the community.

Read on to find out more about Cyrille…
Professor Cyrille Boyer
Cyrille received his PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Montpellier II (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier) and he is currently Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW), co-Director of Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and a member of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD).

He has received a number of awards such as the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the year 2015, the 2016 LeFevre Memorial Prize, 2016 ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Award, the 2016 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award and the 2018 Polymer International – IUPAC Award.

Cyrille has published over 200 articles and his research interests mainly cover the use of photoredox catalysts to perform controlled/living radical polymerization and polymer post-modification, the synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery (antimicrobial polymers) and hybrid organic–inorganic nanoparticles for imaging and energy storage. In the last few years, his team has pioneered photoinduced electron/energy transfer reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (PET-RAFT) for the synthesis of functional polymers.

To learn more about Cyrille’s research have a look at some of his publications in Polymer Chemistry

The effects of polymer topology and chain length on the antimicrobial activity and hemocompatibility of amphiphilic ternary copolymers
Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh, Rebecca J Kwan, Thuy-Khanh Nguyen, Jonathan Yeow, Frances L Byrne, Stefan H Oehlers, Edgar HH Wong, Cyrille Boyer
Polym. Chem., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01069A

Temperature programed photo-induced RAFT polymerization of stereo-block copolymers of poly(vinyl acetate)
Na Li,  Dongdong Ding,  Xiangqiang Pan,  Zhengbiao Zhang,  Jian Zhu,  Cyrille Boyer  and  Xiulin Zhu
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 6024-6027
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01531C

Oxygen tolerant photopolymerization for ultralow volumes
Jonathan Yeow,  Robert Chapman,  Jiangtao Xua  and  Cyrille Boyer
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 5012-5022
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00007C

RAFT-mediated, visible light-initiated single unit monomer insertion and its application in the synthesis of sequence-defined polymers
Changkui Fu,   Zixuan Huang,   Craig J. Hawker,   Graeme Moad,   Jiangtao Xu  and   Cyrille Boyer
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 4637-4643
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00713B

Application of oxygen tolerant PET-RAFT to polymerization-induced self-assembly
Gervase Ng,   Jonathan Yeow,   Jiangtao Xu   and Cyrille Boyer
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 2841-2851
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00442G

We would like to thank everybody who nominated a candidate for the 2018 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship. The Editorial Board had a very difficult task in choosing a winner from the many excellent and worthy candidates.

Please join us in congratulating Cyrille on winning this award!

 

 

 

 

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Photopolymerization Fundamentals 2017 Poster Prize Winner

Congratulations to Abishek Shete, who was awarded the Polymer Chemistry Best Poster Award at Photopolymerization Fundamentals 2017, in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Abishek is currently carrying out research in the CJK Polymer Research group at the University of Delaware.

In addition, due to the high number of exellent poster presentations, three candidates were given honourable mentions;

  • Dillon Love, University of Colorado,
  • Hanns Houck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Ghent University, Queensland University of Technology,
  • Camila Uzcategui, University of Colorado.

Congratulations to all winners!

 

Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize Winners Photopolymerization Fundamentals 2017

Left to right: Christopher Barner-Kowollik (Editor in Chief of Polymer Chemistry), Abishek Shete, (Main Poster Prize Winner) Dillon Love, (Honorable Mention) Hanns Houck, (Honorable Mention) Camila Uzcategui, (Honorable Mention) Christopher Bowman (Chair of the 2017 Photopolymerization Fundamentals Conference)

 

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