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Paper of the week: Precise one-pot synthesis of fully conjugated end-functionalized star polymers containing poly(fluorene-2,7-vinylene) (PFV) arms

Nomura et al. present the one-pot synthesis of star shaped conjugated polymers.

A facile, precise one-pot synthesis of end-functionalized star (triarm) polymers consisting of poly(9,9-di-n-octylfluorene-2,7-vinylene)s (PFVs), the triblock copolymers [by incorporation of tri(2,5-dialkoxy-1,4-phenylene vinylene) or terthiophene units as the middle segment], has been achieved by olefin metathesis followed by Wittig-type coupling. Effects of the PFV conjugation length, the middle segment and the end groups on the emission properties have been studied.

Precise one-pot synthesis of fully conjugated end-functionalized star polymers containing poly(fluorene-2,7-vinylene) (PFV) arms by Kotohiro Nomura, Tahmina Haque, Tomohiro Miwata, Akiko Inagaki and Kenji Takamizu Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 380-388

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Polymer Chemistry Lectureship: Nominations now open

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their contribution to the polymer field?

Now is your chance to propose they receive the accolade they deserve.

Polymer Chemistry is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for its Polymer Chemistry Lectureship 2015.  New in 2015, this award will be run annually by the journal to honour an early-stage career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the polymer field.

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 award 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 6th March 2015.  Self-nomination is not permitted.

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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 Français 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 the Groupe Français d’études etd’applications des Polymères.  It’s aim was to bring together around 200 researchers from different backgrounds, countries, universities, public research institutions and industries to discuss the latest advances in the field of polymers.

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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.

Fancy submitting an article to Polymer Chemistry? Then why not submit to us today!

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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?

Polymer Chemistry

* 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.

Don’t miss out on all the journal news – follow us on twitter @PolymChem and like us on Facebook!

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