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GFP 2014 Saint Malo Best Oral presentation Winner

GFP 2014 RSC Polymer Chemistry Oral Presentation Prize Winner

Lucie Imbernon receives her prize for the best Oral Presentation from Jean-Luc Audic at the GFP 2014- Saint Malo Congress

Lucie Imbernon receiving her Best Oral presentation prize at Groupe Fraincais des Polymeres (GFP) 2014. The young PhD student winner was delighted with her gift certificate and will enjoy reading Polymer Chemistry thanks to the year’s subscription provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Lucie’s presentation was based on her PhD research and titled “Immiscible Blends of Epoxidized Natural Rubber: a Way to achieve Semi-Interpenetrating Networks.” She is part of the Soft Matter and Chemistry group at the ESPCI Paris-Tech-CNRS, PSL Research University in Paris. An overview of Lucie’s work is outlined in the abstract below:


“Directly obtained by epoxidation of Natural Rubber (NR), Epoxidized Natural Rubber (ENR) is a unique elastomer widely used in the industry. ENR retains most of the properties of natural rubber, in particular high tensile properties and resistance to crack propagation up to 50 mol% epoxidation. While keeping the advantages of NR, ENR presents a new reactive functionality. Our group recently showed the possibility to crosslink this elastomer by reaction with a dicarboxylic acid (DA). The DA molecules react with the epoxy groups, producing β hydroxy-esters along the chain.


Here, we show that different grades of ENR are immiscible and that the polar crosslinker DA is more soluble when the level of epoxidation increases. Because the curing rate is faster with more epoxidized grades of ENR, we selectively crosslinked blends of immiscible ENRs presenting different levels of epoxidation (ENR10 and ENR50).The morphology of the resulting material can be tuned from nodules of crosslinked ENR50 dispersed in a soft ENR10 matrix to a semi-interpenetrating continuous network giving rise to elastomeric properties (see figure below).”

Mechanical properties of the blends linked with their morphology

Mechanical properties of the blends linked with their morphology

Lucie’s work led to the publication of “Crosslinking of epoxidized natural rubber by dicarboxylic acids: An alternative to standard vulcanization” and “Semi-interpenetrating Networks in Blends of Epoxidized Natural Rubbers” last year in Macromolecular Symposia and Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics respectively.


GFP 2014 took place on 3rd – 6th November 2014 in Saint Malo and was the 43rd National Conference organised by .  It’s aim was to bring together around 200 researchers from different backgrounds, countries, universities, public research institutions and industries to discuss the latests advances in the field of polymers.


Thanks to all the partners and sponsors for their support at the meeting:

Groupe Fraincais des Polymeres 2014 - Saint Malo congress partners and sponsers

Groupe Fraincais des Polymeres 2014 - Saint Malo congress partners and sponsorsGroupe Fraincais des Polymeres 2014 - Saint Malo congress partners and sponsors

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Magnetic field and pH synergy controls therapeutic burst

Australian researchers have shown how alternating magnetic fields could be used to localise the release of cancer-fighting drugs to cancer cells, limiting side effects in the rest of the body.

May Lim at the University of New South Wales, and colleagues, have devised a system where a magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticle is bound to a temperature-responsive polymer onto which drug molecules can be attached via Schiff base bonds.

A magnetic field combined with the acidic environment of cancer tissue results in rapid hydrolysis of the Schiff base bond

A magnetic field combined with the acidic environment of cancer tissue results in rapid hydrolysis of the Schiff base bond

Interested? Read the full article at Chemistry World.

Spatial and temporal control of drug release through pH and alternating magnetic field induced breakage of Schiff base bonds
Alexander E. Dunn, Douglas J. Dunn, Alexander Macmillan, Renee Whan, Tim Stait-Gardner, William S. Price, May Lim and  Cyrille Boyer
Polym. Chem., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00150H

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10th International Conference on Advanced Polymers via Macromolecular Engineering 2013 Poster Prize winner

A huge congratulations to Alexander Hähnel who was awarded the Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize at the 10th International Conference on Advanced Polymers via Macromolecular Engineering (APME 2013). The conference took place from the 18 – 22 August 2013 in Durham, UK and was was sponsored by Polymer Chemistry and Soft Matter.

Poster Prize winners

(from left to right) Prize winners: Oğuz Türünç (Ghent University), Alexander Haehnel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), John Finnegan (University of Bristol)

APME 2013 focussed on the recent advances in polymer chemistry, polymer synthesis and polymer characterisation; further details about the conference can be found by taking a look at their website.

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Happy holidays from Polymer Chemistry!

All of us in the Polymer Chemistry Editorial team would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! The Editorial office will be closed from 24th December 2013 and will reopen on 2nd January 2014.

We’re really looking forward to 2014, which will see more high quality articles from top international polymer chemists, some great themed issues and much more.

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Poster prize winners at the 2013 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials

Many congratulations to the winners at the 2013 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials! 

Chosen by an independent panel, the winners were: Akira Matsumoto (Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering at Tokyo Medical and Dental University) for the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C poster prize, Justin Poelma for Polymer Chemistry and Saemi Oh for Soft Matter (University of California, Santa Barbara). 

The symposium which focuses on the field of stimuli-responsive materials from academia, industry, and government took place in October (20 – 22) this year at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA and was co-sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Akira Matsumoto

Akira Matsumoto receiving his poster prize for Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B, C

Justin Poelma

Justin Poelma receiving his prize for Polmer Chemistry

Saemi Oh winning the Soft Matter poster prize

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IPST2013: International Polymer Conference, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Innovation in Polymer Science and Technology 2013 (IPST2013) was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on October 7 – 10, 2013 and organised by the Indonesian Polymer Association (HPI). It was attended by more than 250 participants from over 20 countries; presenting about 200 paper works consisting of 102 oral and 108 poster presentations, including 7 plenary speakers, and 24 keynote speakers. To date, this event was the biggest international polymer conference, organised by the Indonesian Polymer Association.

IPST2013

The conference was officially opened by the representative of Indonesian government, the Ministry of Research and Technology of Indonesia. The Indonesian Polymer Association presented a 2013 HPI award to Dr. M. Sugandi (a former of the HPI’s chair) for her lifetime contributions in polymer research as well as in the polymer society in Indonesia. The best student posters were awarded to 5 students: Arum Patriati (Indonesia), Shih Ming Chang (Taiwan), Emiko Ohara (Japan), Ayami Nagayama (Japan), and Koay Seong Chun (Malaysia). Zainon Othman (Malaysia) and Firman Kurniawansyah (Indonesia) were awarded the best oral presentation prize.

The IPST2013 was officially closed by Ms. Eniya L. Dewi, the chair of the IPST2013 and ICFCHT2013. The next conference will take place in 2016 (IPST2016) and will be held in Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Polymer Chemistry: rapidly published, rapidly cited

Did you know that on average it takes fewer than 8 weeks from submission to publication* of a Polymer Chemistry article?

And it doesn’t take long before those articles are cited either: Polymer Chemistry has the highest immediacy indexǂ of all primary research journals in polymer science.

submit nowSo why delay sending your next article to Polymer Chemistry?

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* Publication refers to online publication of the full edited version of the manuscript.
ǂ Immediacy index = 1.305 (2012 Journal Citation Reports ®, (Thomson Reuters, 2013)). The immediacy index is the average number of times an article is cited in the year it is published, and is an indication of how topical and urgent the work is.

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Happy holidays from Polymer Chemistry!

All of us in the Polymer Chemistry Editorial team would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! The Editorial office will be closed from 21 December 2012 and will reopen on 2 January 2013.

We’re really looking forward to 2013, which will see more high quality articles from top international polymer chemists, some great themed issues and much more.

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Top 10 most-read Polymer Chemistry articles in July

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

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  

Schiff’s base as a stimuli-responsive linker in polymer chemistry 
Yan Xin and Jinying Yuan  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 3045-3055 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20290E  

Phase separation of supramolecular and dynamic block copolymers  
Mihaiela C. Stuparu, Anzar Khan and Craig J. Hawker 
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 3033-3044 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20368E  

Novel amphiphilic, biodegradable, biocompatible, cross-linkable copolymers: synthesis, characterization and drug delivery applications 
Qiao Jin, Samarendra Maji and Seema Agarwal  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2785-2793 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20364B 

One-pot RAFT synthesis of core cross-linked star polymers of polyPEGMA in water by sequential homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerizations  
Chunlei Zhang, Miao Miao, Xueteng Cao and Zesheng An  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2656-2664 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20442H  
 
Dual-responsive crown ether-based supramolecular chain extended polymers  
Jianzhuang Chen, Xuzhou Yan, Xiaodong Chi, Xiujuan Wu, Mingming Zhang, Chengyou Han, Bingjie Hu, Yihua Yu and Feihe Huang  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 3175-3179 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20323E  

Single chain polymeric nanoparticles as compartmentalised sensors for metal ions  
Martijn A. J. Gillissen, Ilja K. Voets, E. W. Meijer and Anja. R. A. Palmans  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 3166-3174 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20350B  

New methods of polymer synthesis  
Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Jean-François Lutz and Sébastien Perrier  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 1677-1679 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY90007F  

A novel amphiphilic copolymer poly(ethylene oxide-co-allyl glycidyl ether)-graft-poly(ε-caprolactone): synthesis, self-assembly, and protein encapsulation behavior 
Bin Li, Gao Chen, Fanbo Meng, Taihang Li, Jun Yue, Xiabin Jing and Yubin Huang  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2421-2429 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20253K  

Biocompatible and degradable poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) based polymers for biomedical applications 
Yi Zhang, Dafeng Chu, Mengyao Zheng, Thomas Kissel and Seema Agarwal  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2752-2759 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20403G  

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Top 10 most-read Polymer Chemistry articles in June

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

Thiol-ene “click” reactions and recent applications in polymer and materials synthesis  
Prof. Andrew Brian Lowe 
Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 17-36 
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00216B 

New methods of polymer synthesis 
Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Jean-François Lutz and Sébastien Perrier 
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 1677-1679 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY90007F 

2-(2,3,4,5,6-Pentafluorophenyl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazole, a fluorine-rich building block for the preparation of conjugated polymer donors for organic solar cell applications 
Marios Neophytou, Heraklidia A. Ioannidou, Theodosia A. Ioannou, Christos L. Chochos, Solon P. Economopoulos, Panayiotis A. Koutentis, Grigorios Itskos and Stelios A. Choulis  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2236-2243 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20198D 

Supramolecular three-armed star polymers via cyclodextrin host–guest self-assembly  
Bernhard V. K. J. Schmidt, Tobias Rudolph, Martin Hetzer, Helmut Ritter, Felix H. Schacher and Christopher Barner-Kowollik  
Polym. Chem., 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20293J 

UCST-driven self-assembly and crosslinking of diblock copolymer micelles  
Peter J. Roth, Thomas P. Davis and Andrew B. Lowe  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2228-2235 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20204B 

Three new conjugated polymers based on benzo[2,1-b:3,4-b′]dithiophene: synthesis, characterization, photoinduced charge transfer and theoretical calculation studies  
Shaojie Chen, Qiuyu Zhang, Hepeng Zhang, Junwei Gu, Mingliang Ma, Tiejun Xin, Yanyang Zhou, Jian Zhou and Qing Liu  
Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2244-2253 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20122D 

Diels–Alder “click” reactions: recent applications in polymer and material science  
Mehmet Atilla Tasdelen  
Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 2133-2145 
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00041A 

Single-chain polymer nanoparticles via reversible disulfide bridges  
Bryan T. Tuten, Danming Chao, Christopher K. Lyon and Erik B. Berda  
Polym. Chem., 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20308A 

Fluorescence resonance energy transfer in recognition-mediated polymer-quantum dot assemblies  
Vikas Nandwana, Brian Fitzpatrick, Qian Liu, Kyril M. Solntsev, Xi Yu, Gülen Yesilbag Tonga, Serkan Eymur, Murat Tonga, Graeme Cooke and Vincent M. Rotello  
Polym. Chem., 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20353G 

Photo-responsive systems and biomaterials: photochromic polymers, light-triggered self-assembly, surface modification, fluorescence modulation and beyond  
Francesca Ercole, Thomas P. Davis and Richard A. Evans  
Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 37-54 
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00300B 

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