Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry Impact Factor & Information

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Journal description

The Journal of Polymer Science reports results of fundamental research in all areas of synthetic and natural polymer chemistry and physics. The Journal is selective in accepting contributions on the basis of merit and originality. It is not intended as a repository for unevaluated data. Preference is given to contributions that offer new or more comprehensive concepts interpretations experimental approaches and results. Part A: Polymer Chemistry is devoted to studies in general organic polymer chemistry and physical organic chemistry. This includes all related topics (such as organic bioorganic bioinorganic and biological chemistry of monomers polymers oligomers and model compounds inorganic and organometallic chemistry for catalysts mechanistic studies supramolecular chemistry aspects relevant to polymers and reactions on polymers). Contributions in physics and physical chemistry appear in Part B: Polymer Physics . Contributions may be submitted as Regular Articles or as Rapid Communications. Reviews of recent books are also welcome.

Current impact factor: 3.54

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2011 Impact Factor 3.919

Additional details

5-year impact 3.22
Cited half-life 6.70
Immediacy index 0.76
Eigenfactor 0.04
Article influence 0.66
Website Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry website
Other titles Journal of polymer science. Part A, Polymer chemistry (Online), Journal of polymer science. Part A, Polymer chemistry, Polymer chemistry
ISSN 1099-0518
OCLC 39029246
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Polyaddition of bis(five-membered cyclic dithiocarbonate), 2,2-bis[4-(1,3-thioxolane-2-one-4-yl-methoxy)phenyl]propane (1), with diamines having soft oligoether segments and property of the obtained poly(thiourethane)s were examined. Treatment of 1 with equivalent diamines in tetrahydrofuran at room temperature gave poly(thiourethane)s having a mercapto group in each unit, which were further treated with acetic anhydride and triethylamine to give the corresponding S-acetylated poly(thiourethane)s in high yield. Exposing the mercapto group containing poly(thiourethane)s to benzoyl chloride and triethylamine provided the corresponding S-benzoylated poly(thiourethane)s effectively. Thermal properties of the obtained polymers were evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The obtained polymers showed 10 wt % loss temperature (Td10) in the range from 230 to 274 °C, which was relatively high when compared with the Td10 of an analogous polymer prepared from 1 and 1,6-hexamethylenediamine. The polymers obtained here exhibited glass transition temperature (Tg) in the range from −16 °C to 40 °C, which was much lower than the analogous polymer described above, probably due to the soft oligoether segments. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; 53(9). DOI:10.1002/pola.27535
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    ABSTRACT: Well-defined 1,4-diketo-3,6-di(thiophen-2-yl)pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole (DTDPP) labeled polycaprolactones (PCL) with different chain lengths were synthesized and characterized. The effect of polymer chain lengths on the optical properties of DTDPP in solid states was studied by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy as well as steady-state and dynamic fluorescence spectroscopies. Our results indicate that when the PCL side chain is extended to a certain length, the intermolecular aggregation of DTDPP units can be reduced significantly due to segregation effect of PCL. This approach offers a new facile strategy to address the common problem of aggregation-caused quenching existing in organic fluorophores. These highly fluorescent biodegradable PCL polymers may find broad biomedical applications such as fluorescence-based bioimaging and tissue engineering. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; 53(8). DOI:10.1002/pola.27531
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    ABSTRACT: Functional poly(diene sulfone)s are prepared by the radical alternating copolymerization of 1,3-diene monomers containing an ester substituent with sulfur dioxide. Methyl 3,5-hexadienoate (MH) and methyl 5,7-octadienoate (MO) with both an alkylene spacer and a terminal diene structure are suitable to produce a high-molecular-weight copolymer in a high yield, while the copolymerization of 5,7-nonadienoic acid, ethyl 2,4-pentadienoate, and ethyl 4-methyl-2,4-pentadienoate including either an alkylene spacer or a terminal diene structure lead to unsuccessful results. The 13C NMR chemical shift values of MH and MO suggest a high electron density at their reacting α-carbon for exhibiting a high copolymerization reactivity. Fluorene-containing diene monomers, 9-fluorenyl 3,5-hexadienoate (FH) and 9-fluorenyl 5,7-octadienoate (FO), are also prepared and copolymerized with sulfur dioxide. The thermal and optical properties of the poly(diene sulfone)s containing the methyl and fluorenyl ester substituents in the side chain are investigated. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; 53(8). DOI:10.1002/pola.27528
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    ABSTRACT: An optically active, m-terphenyl-based π-conjugated polymer bearing carboxy groups was synthesized by the copolymerization of the diethynyl monomer bearing a carboxy group with (S,S)-2,5-bis(2-methylbutoxy)-1,4-dibromobenzene using Sonogashira reaction. The copolymer showed a weak circular dichroism (CD) in the main-chain chromophore region due to a homo-double helix formation with an excess helical handedness biased by the chiral alkoxy substituents through self-association. However, upon complexation with achiral amines, such as piperidine, the CD intensity of the polymer significantly increased resulting in the formation of a greater excess one-handed homo-double helix via hydrogen-bonded inclusion complexation with the achiral amines between each strand, leading to the amplification of the helicity. A preferred-handed homo-double helix was also induced in the polymer in the presence of nonracemic amines. The effect of the achiral and chiral amines on the homo-double helix formation was investigated by comparing the CD spectra of the polymer to those of its model dimer. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; 53(8). DOI:10.1002/pola.27527
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    ABSTRACT: Novel fluorine containing siloxane monomer, namely, 4-trifluoromethylphenylmethyl cyclosiloxane (PF3) and mixed cyclosiloxane including both 4-trifluoromethylphenylmethyl siloxane (P) unit and trifluoropropyl siloxane (F) unit were successfully synthesized in this study. Furthermore, their series including vinyl-terminated copolymers with different compositions were synthesized. The microstructures of copolymers were investigated by 1H NMR, 29Si NMR, 19F NMR, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results of characterizations confirmed that the copolymers exhibited random microstructure. Moreover, the analysis of the result of DSC also revealed that the copolymers had a low glass transition temperature. The thermogravimetric analysis indicated that poly(4-trifluoromethylphenylmethyl)siloxane (PPF3) exhibited higher thermal stability than conventional fluorosilicones rubber (FSR). The dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the damping factors of these copolymers were greater than 0.3 in a wide range of temperature. The mass swelling ratios were less than 5.5% when the samples were immersed in No. 3 jet fuel for a month. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; 53(8). DOI:10.1002/pola.27530
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    ABSTRACT: Two epoxy resins containing degradable acetal linkages were synthesized by the reaction of cresol novolak-type phenolic resin (CN) with vinyl ethers containing a glycidyl group [cyclohexane dimethanol vinyl glycidyl ether (CHDMVG) and 4-vinyloxybutyl glycidyl ether (VBGE). Carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) were prepared by heating laminated prepreg sheets with CN-CHDMVG resin (derived from CN and CHDMVG) and CN-VBGE resin (derived from CN and VBGE), in which carbon fibers are impregnated with epoxy resins containing curing agents [dicyandiamide (DICY)] and curing accelerator [3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU)]. CN-CHDMVG-based CFRPs and CN-VBGE-based CFRPs exhibited almost the same tensile strength as the conventional bisphenol-A-based CFRPs. CN-CHDMVG-based CFRPs and CN-VBGE-based CFRPs underwent smooth breakdown with the treatment of hydrochloric acid in tetrahydrofuran at room temperature for 24 h to regenerate strands of carbon fibers. The surface conditions of the recovered carbon fibers had little changes during degradation and recovery processes on the basis of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The recovered carbon fibers exhibited almost the same tensile strength as virgin carbon fibers and hence would be reused for the production of CFRPs. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015, 53, 1052–1059
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; 53(8). DOI:10.1002/pola.27575
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    ABSTRACT: The atom transfer radical polymerizations (ATRPs) of styrene initiated by diselenocarbamates were carried out for the first time. The polymerization showed first-order kinetic with respect to the monomer concentration, and the molecular weights of the obtained polymers increased linearly with the monomer conversions with narrow molecular weight distributions (as low as 1.16). The results of chain extension, 1H NMR, UV–vis, and MALDI-TOF MS confirmed that the resultant polystyrene possessed some degree of living diselenocarbamates terminal. However, significant amounts of dead polymers (about 53%) were also found. This work offered an alternative type of ATRP initiator, and the seleno-terminated polymers may be useful in biotechnological and biomedical applications. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27644
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    ABSTRACT: Surface functionalization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with a thermo responsive polymer was achieved via combination of mussel inspired chemistry and surface initiated single electron transfer living radical polymerization (SET-LRP). In this procedure, CNTs were first coated with polydopamine (PDA) through self polymerization under a rather mild condition. And then PDA functionalized CNTs bearing with amino and hydroxyl groups were further reacted with bromo isobutyryl bromide. Finally, a thermo responsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) was introduced on the CNTs via SET-LRP. The successful surface modification of CNT-PDA-PNIPAM was evidenced by a series of characterization techniques. The resulting CNT-PDA-PNIPAM showed significant enhancement of dispersibility in both aqueous and organic solvents. More importantly, these CNT-polymer nanocomposites showed obvious thermo responsive behavior due to the surface coating CNTs with PNIPAM. As compared with previous methods, this method is not required oxidation of CNTs to introduce funcitonal groups for immobilization of the polymerization initiators. More importantly, this method could also be utilized for fabricating many other polymer nanocomposites because of the strong and universal adhesive of PDA to various materials. It is therefore, the novel strategy via marrying mussel inspired chemistry with SET-LRP should be a simple, general and effective method for surface functionalization. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27638
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    ABSTRACT: Aryl(alkyl) halides and silver salts were studied as environmentally benign initiating systems for cationic polymerization of isobutyl vinyl ether (IBVE). The reactivity of the benzyl cations could be effectively controlled by using dimethyl sulfide (Me2S) as an additive, which was shown to be an effective Lewis base (LB), and diethyl ether as a reaction solvent. Detailed study of various benzyl cations and the order of addition of the reagents revealed that the reaction was controlled by the electronic and steric features of aryl(alkyl) halides, LBs, and IBVE, and a plausible reaction mechanism was presented. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27656
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    ABSTRACT: Reactive isocyanate groups were protected and stabilized by the hydrophobic styrene segment and acquired high tolerance toward water. Copolymers containing isocyanate groups were synthesized by a radical copolymerization of 2-propenyl isocyanate (2PI) and styrene (St). The stability of the obtained copolymers on water was examined to find that isocyanate groups were protected by the hydrophobic polystyrene segment and were stable on water and these isocyanates reacted with primary amines including amino acids to form urea selectively on water. Primary amines with a higher octanol-water partition coefficient or smaller steric hindrance were more reactive to the isocyanate groups in the side chain of the copolymer. The protection of reactive isocyanate groups using the hydrophobic styrene segment did not give side products which are produced in the usual chemical protection/deprotection process. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27645
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    ABSTRACT: A series of well-defined diblock copolymers (BCPs) consisting of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) were synthesized and blended with commercially available PEBAX® 2533 to form the active layer of thin-film composite (TFC) membranes, via spin-coating. BCPs with a PEG component ranging from 1 to 10 kDa and a PDMS component ranging from 1 to 10 kDa were synthesized by a facile condensation reaction of hydroxyl terminated PEG and carboxylic acid functionalized PDMS. The BCP/PEBAX® 2533 blends up to 50 wt % on cross-linked PDMS gutter layers were tested at 35 °C and 350 kPa. TFC membranes containing BCPs of 1 kDa PEG and 1–5 kDa PDMS produced optimal results with CO2 permeances of approximately 1000 GPU which is an increase up to 250% of the permeance of pure PEBAX® 2533 composite membranes, while maintaining a CO2/N2 selectivity of 21. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27628
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    ABSTRACT: A new chiral half-titanocene complex, [CpTiCl2(O-(S)−2-Bu)], is synthesized and characterized by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. This complex is employed for the coordination polymerization of n-butyl and n-hexyl- isocyanate leading to chiral polymers, as revealed by their CD spectra. Only the left-handed helix is produced, due to the chiral (S)−2-butoxy group, which is bound to the polymer chain end. The polymerization of 3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl isocyanate produces less soluble polymers. On the other hand, phenyl isocyanate reacts slowly with the complex leading quantitatively and selectively to triphenyl isocyanurate. 2-Ethylhexyl isocyanate is slowly and selectively cyclotrimerized in the presence of the half-titanocene complex. However, a statistical copolymer of 2-ethylhexyl isocyanate and hexyl isocyanate is produced. The reaction of benzyl isocyanate with the complex leads to a mixture of low molecular weight polymer and cyclotrimer. The polymers are characterized using SEC, NMR, and CD spectroscopy and their thermal properties are investigated by TGA/DSC analysis. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27669
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    ABSTRACT: This work examines the stereochemical control and polymerizability of exo-methylene-lactide (MLA) or (6S)-3-methylene-6-methyl-1,4-dioxane-2,5-dione, a chiral monomer derived from l-lactide, toward vinyl-addition and ring-opening polymerization (ROP) pathways, respectively. Currently, no information on the stereochemistry of the vinyl-addition polymerization of MLA is known, and the possible ROP pathway is unexplored. Accordingly, this work first investigated the stereochemical control and other characteristics of the radical polymerization of MLA and its copolymerization with an analogous exo-methylene-lactone, γ-methyl-α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone (MMBL), and di-methylene-lactide (DMLA) or 3,6-dimethylene-1,4-dioxane-2,5-dione. The MLA homopolymerization produced optically active, but atactic, vinyl-type polymers having a specific rotation of [α]23D = −42 ± 4°, a high Tg from 229 to 254 °C, and a medium (Mw = 76.3 kg/mol, Đ = 1.16) to high (Mw = 358 kg/mol, Đ = 2.83) molecular weight, depending on the solvent. The copolymerization of MLA with MMBL afforded copolymers exhibiting enhanced thermal stability, while its copolymerization with DMLA led to cross-linked polymers. The results obtained from the model reactions designed to probe the possible ROP indicate that the nonpolymerizability of MLA by initiators or catalysts comprising acidic, protic, and/or nucleophilic reagents is due to the high sensitivity of MLA toward such common ROP reagents that trigger decomposition or other types of transformations of MLA forming nonpolymerizable derivatives. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27629
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    ABSTRACT: A thorough understanding of the morphology of the environmental sensitive nanogels was indispensable to obtain a deeper insight on their stimuli-responsive behavior. Therefore, in this work the colloidal characterization and the study of the inner morphology were related by using light scattering technique and 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance transverse relaxation measurements combined with the Flory–Rehner theory. Different biocompatible and dual-stimuli-sensitive nanogel particles based on poly(2-diethylaminoethyl) methacrylate were synthesized using three different crosslinkers: two bifunctional and one multifunctional. All the nanogels obtained had a core–shell type heterogeneous morphology, but they presented completely different swelling behaviors due to their different crosslinking points’ distribution and polymeric chains’ microstructure. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27653
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    ABSTRACT: Isoquinolinone derivatives bearing amino- or nitro- substituent (IQNs) have been synthesized as photoinitiators and combined with various additives (i.e., iodonium salt, N-vinylcarbazole, amine or 2,4,6-tris(trichloromethyl)−1,3,5-triazine) to initiate ring-opening cationic polymerizations (CP) or free radical polymerizations under exposure to visible LEDs (e.g., LEDs at 405 nm or 455 nm, or cold white LED) or a halogen lamp. Compared to the well-known camphorquinone-based systems, the novel IQNs-based combinations employed here demonstrate higher efficiencies for the CP of epoxides. The photochemically generated reactive species (i.e., cations and radicals) from the IQNs-based systems have been investigated by steady state photolysis, cyclic voltammetry, fluorescence, laser flash photolysis, and electron spin resonance spin trapping techniques. The structure/reactivity/photoinitiating ability relationships of IQNs-based combinations are also discussed; the crucial role of the excited state lifetimes of the photoinitiators to ensure efficient quenching by additives is clearly underlined. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27640