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: Engineering of the highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals through synthetic chemical structural modification has been the most widely used method to tuning optoelectronic properties in conjugated polymers. The electronic, thermal, optical, and physical properties can be tuned and exploited for optimization of optoelectronic devices. Through copolymerization of donor and acceptor type conjugated monomers, the frontier orbitals of four polymers were tailored. Through this synthetic engineering, the relationship between structural features, frontier orbital tailoring, and changes in optoelectronic and physical properties are discussed. Spectroscopic, thermal, and electronic analysis of the polymers indicated that polymers containing carbazole monomer moieties gave overall improved optoelectronic properties, but higher band gaps (2.61 and 2.18 eV) in comparison to their phenyl- based counterparts. This result is attributed to the higher electron density of the carbazole than the terephthaldicarboxaldehyde, and the possible deviation from planarity in the polymer main chain due to possible steric hindrance of the branched substituents. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27703
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    ABSTRACT: Soft matter nanoparticles exhibiting rich polymorphism with reactive pentafluorophenyl methacrylate (PFPMA) units in their coronae were prepared via non-polar reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer dispersion polymerization and polymerization-induced self-assembly. Poly(stearyl methacrylate-stat-PFPMA) macro-CTAs, containing up to 12 mol % PFPMA, were used in n-octane and n-tetradecane for the subsequent copolymerization of 3-phenylpropyl methacrylate. Both formulations gave the full, common family of nanoparticles (spheres, worms, and vesicles) as determined by transmission electron microscopy. Reaction of the PFP ester repeating units in the coronal layer of spherical nanoparticles with benzylamine, tetrahydrofurfurylamine, N,N-dimethylethylenediamine, and an amine functional methyl red dye yielded a new library of functional spherical nano-objects. The success of the nucleophilic acyl substitution reactions was confirmed using a combination of 1H/19F NMR and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies as well as dynamic light scattering. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27696
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    ABSTRACT: The brominated backbone of poly(oxanorbornene imide) (PONB) (PONB-Br) was functionalized with 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine 1-oxyl (TEMPO)-acrylate, -epoxy, and poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) yielding PONB-acrylate, PONB-epoxy, and PONB-PEG through the nitroxide radical coupling (NRC) reaction. Although an excess amount of functional-TEMPOs were used. The observed NRC efficiencies were found in the range of 7–25%. Notably, 1H NMR spectra of all polymers exhibited a signal at 6.08 ppm after NRC reactions indicating rebuilding of the main chain double bond and further identified by 13C NMR analysis. The inevitable formation of double bond through the tendency of the recombination of the formed radicals was supported by a separate experiment conducted without utilizing functional-TEMPO. Besides, the versatility of the ROMP backbone further demonstrated by the introduction hetero functionality onto the polymer by a consecutive reactions. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27697
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    ABSTRACT: (2-Bromo-n-nonan-1-oxycarbonyl)ethyl acrylate was synthesized as an inimer for self-condensing vinyl polymerization (SCVP) to produce hyperbranched poly(n-nonyl acrylate), either as a homopolymer or as a copolymer with n-nonyl acrylate. The inimer was homopolymerized and copolymerized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and activator generated by electron transfer ATRP to produce soluble polymers with broad polydispersities (up to Đ = 9.91), which is characteristic of hyperbranched polymers produced by SCVP. The resulting hyperbranched (co)polymers were crosslinked by atom transfer radical coupling in both one-pot and two-step procedures. The radical–radical crosslinking reaction is extremely efficient, resulting in hard plastic particles from the homopolymer of (2-bromo-n-nonan-1-oxycarbonyl)ethyl acrylate synthesized in bulk. Crosslinked organogels that swell in tetrahydrofuran were formed when the rate of crosslinking decreased using acetonitrile solutions. Dynamic shear and stress relaxation experiments demonstrated that the dry network behaves as a covalently crosslinked soft gel, with a glass transition at −50 °C according to differential scanning calorimetry. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27700
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    ABSTRACT: Core–shell structured PEO-chitosan nanofibers have been produced from electric field inducing phase separation. Chitosan, a positive charged polymer, was dissolved in 50 wt % aqueous acetic acid and the amino group on polycation would protonize, which would endow chitosan electrical properties. Chitosan molecules would move along the direction of the electric field under the electrostatic force and formed the shell layer of nanofibers. Preparation process of core–shell structure is quite simple and efficient without any post-treatment. The core–shell structure and existence of chitosan on the shell layer were confirmed before and after post-treatment by TEM and further supported by SEM, FTIR, XRD, DSC, and XPS studies. Blending ratio of PEO and chitosan, molecular weight of chitosan for the mobility of chitosan are thought to be the key influence factors on formation of core–shell structure. Drug release studies show that the prepared core–shell structure nanofibers has a potential application in the biomedical fields involving drug delivery. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27702
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    ABSTRACT: A series of epoxy-functional telechelic oligomers containing oxetane end groups have been synthesized. The precursor monomer, extracted from outer Birch bark, was first polymerized through enzyme-catalyzed esterification to form oligomers having epoxy and/or oxetane groups in the structures. The oligoesters were subsequently crosslinked through cationic polymerization either by epoxy or oxetane homopolymerization or copolymerization when both functionalities were present. A study of the polymerizations of the resins was performed “in situ” using real-time Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy revealing a preferred copolymerization when compared with the homopolymerization. By tailoring the different structures, it was possible to control the final mechanical properties of the networks. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27673
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    ABSTRACT: The preparation of new ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) monomers using a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between aryl azides and norbornadiene is described. Various norbornenetriazolines, obtained through a solvent-and catalyst-free reaction, can subsequently be incorporated into polymer backbones through ROMP reactions. Furthermore, thermal decomposition of the triazoline moiety can allow for further polymer functionalization. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27691
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    ABSTRACT: Polyaddition (An + B2) reactions of 1,1,1-tris(4-hydoxyphenyl) ethane (THPE; A3-type monomer), calix[4]resorcinarene (CRA[4]; A8-type monomer), α-cyclodextrin (α-CD; A18-type monomer), and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD; A21-type monomer) with 1,4-bis(4-vinyloxy)cyclohexane (BVOC; B2-type monomer) afforded corresponding soluble hyperbranched polyacetals. The physical properties, including solubility, thermal stability, and film-forming ability, the ultraviolet-induced degradation reactivity, and the solubility-switch in an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure tool indicated that poly(THPE-co-BVOC) and poly(CRA[4]-co-BVOC) are candidate next-generation photo-resists. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27686
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    ABSTRACT: In this contribution, we present new reduction-cleavable hyperbranched disulfide bonds-containing poly(ester triazole)s with limited intramolecular cyclization, which can be synthesized by the Cu(I)-catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) of A2 monomer of dipropargyl 3,3′-dithiobispropionate and B3 monomer of tris(hydroxymethyl)ethane tri(4-azidobutanoate). The hyperbranched poly(ester triazole)s possess numerous terminal groups and weight-average molecular weight up to 20,400 g mol−1 with a polydispersity index in the range 1.57–2.17. The CuAAC introduces rigid triazole units into the backbones of hyperbranched poly(ester triazole)s and reduces intramolecular cyclization, which is proved by topological analysis and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The disulfide bonds on backbones endow the reduction-cleavable feature to the hyperbranched poly(ester triazole)s at the presence of dithiothreitol. It gives a novel and convenient methodology for the synthesis of reduction-responsive functional polymer with controlled topologies, and the reduction-cleavable hyperbranched poly(ester triazole)s with limited intramolecular cyclization are expected to possess potential in the application of stimuli-responsive anticancer drug nanocarriers. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27694
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    ABSTRACT: A novel donor–acceptor (D–A) copolymer comprising of weak electron donating BDT moiety and strong 9-(2-octyldodecyl)−8H-pyrrolo[3,4-b] bisthieno[2,3-f:3',2'-h] quinoxaline-8,10(9H)-dione (PTQD) unit denoted as P(PTQD-BDT) was synthesized as donor material for polymer solar cells. P(PTQD-BDT) shows a broad visible-near-infrared absorption band with an optical bandgap of 1.74 eV and possesses a relatively low-lying HOMO level at −5.28 eV. Bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cell with the optimized blend of 1:2 (weight ratio) P(PTQD-BDT):PC71BM (processed with chloroform) shows an open circuit voltage of 0.92 V, a short circuit current density of 7.84 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 0.50, achieving a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.61%. The PCE has been further improved to 5.55% (Jsc= 10.34 mA/cm2, Voc= 0.88V and FF = 0.61), when 3% vol 1,8-diio-dooctane (DIO) was used as solvent additive for the processing of P(PTQD-BDT):PC71BM blended film. The enhancement in Jsc is as a result of the appropriate morphology and efficient exciton dissociation into free charge carrier. The increase in PCE has been attributed to the favorable nanoscale morphology for efficient exciton dissociation and charge transport (reduction in the electron to hole mobility ratio). © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27699
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    ABSTRACT: Two new 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) derivatives, (2R)-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-2-yl)methyl 2-phenylpropanoate ((R)-EDTM-PP) and (2S)-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-2-yl)methyl 2-phenylpropanoate ((S)-EDTM-PP), were synthesized and electropolymerized in dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) and terabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate (Bu4NPF6) system. As chiral electrodes, poly((2R)-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-2-yl)methyl 2-phenylpropanoate) ((R)-PEDTM-PP) and poly((2S)-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-2-yl)methyl 2-phenylpropanoate) ((S)-PEDTM-PP)-modified glassy carbon electrodes (GCEs) were employed to successfully recognize 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) enantiomers. Cyclic voltammetry presents that (R)-PEDTM-PP and (S)-PEDTM-PP had good redox activity and stability. Spectroelectrochemistry studies revealed (R)-PEDTM-PP and (S)-PEDTM-PP polymers have electronic bandgap of 1.68 and 1.66 eV, and could be reversibly oxidized and reduced accompanying with obvious color changes from dark blue to light purple. In addition, the electrochemical behavior, structural characterization, thermal stability, morphology and circular dichroism of (R)-PEDTM-PP and (S)-PEDTM-PP films were investigated in detail. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27695
  • Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27693
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a series of well-defined liquid crystalline molecular brushes with dual “jacketing” effects, polynorbornene-g-poly{2,5-bis[(4-methoxyhenyl)oxycarbonyl] styrene} (PNb-g-PMPCS), were synthesized by the “grafting through” method from ring opening metathesis polymerization of α-norbornenyl-terminated PMPCS. The rigid PMPCS side chain was synthesized by Cu(I)-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization initiated by N-[(2-bromo-2-methylpropanoyl)ethyl]-cis-5-norbornene-exo-2,3-dicarboximide. The chemical structures of the molecular brushes were confirmed by 1H NMR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and the thermal properties were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). GPC results reveal that the molecular brushes have relatively narrow polydispersities. TGA results show that the molecular brushes have excellent thermal stabilities. The PMPCS side chains in all the molecular brushes form the columnar nematic liquid crystalline phase, which is a little different from the behavior of linear PMPCS possibly due to the confinement or other effects of the brush architecture which leads to decreased order. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27646
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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: This work aims at developing an approach to Ru(II)(Tpy)2-functionalized hydrogels and exploring the coupling of the hydrogels with the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction. Based on free radical polymerization, two synthetic routes are developed. The first one is the direct gelation by copolymerization of acrylamide as hydrophilic component and Ru(II)(Tpy)2 as the functional group. The second one is carried out through a combined approach. A terpyridine-containing hydrogel is first prepared and then post-functionalized by coordination between Ru(III)(Tpy)Cl3 and terpyridine groups in the hydrogel network. Utilizing the synthetic hydrogels, the reversible redox responsiveness, the coupling with the BZ reaction, the occurrence and the self-oscillating properties of the BZ reaction in the hydrogel networks are studied. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27690
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    ABSTRACT: Anion-exchange membranes containing pendant benzimidazolium groups were synthesized from polysulfone by chrolomethylation followed by nucleophilic substitution reaction with 1-methylbenzimidazole. The structures of the polymers were characterized by 1H-NMR and FTIR analysis. The resulting membranes showed high thermal stability below 200 °C. The values of water uptake and swelling degree increased with the ion-exchange capacity of the polymeric membrane. The ionic conductivity was measured by means of impedance spectroscopy in aqueous solution of potassium hydroxide (10−4−10−1 M). The results show not only a clear correlation between the membrane's electrochemical behavior with the electrolyte solution embedded in the membrane, but also with the degree of the polysulfone's chloromethylation.Thus, the ionic conductivity increased more than two orders of magnitude when the degree of chloromethylation increased from 40 to 140%. Benzimidazolium-functionalized polysulfones exhibited better thermal, mechanical, and electrochemical properties than the widely used polymeric membranes containing quaternary ammonium groups. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27692