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: 3.11

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.113
2011 Impact Factor 3.919

Additional details

5-year impact 3.01
Cited half-life 7.60
Immediacy index 0.76
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 0.62
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: Molecular design, fabrication, and properties of thin film coatings based on poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) (PMOX) and its copolymers were investigated to tackle problem of marine and bacterial fouling prevention. The ultraviolet crosslinkable macromonomer poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) dimethylacrylate was synthesized by cationic ring-opening polymerization in a microwave reactor initiated by 1,4-dibromobutane. In order to study the charge effect of the PMOX coatings on the adhesion of fouling organisms, PMOX surfaces with negative, neutral, and positive f-potential values were prepared by copolymerization with the positively charged monomer [2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride. The coatings were stable in sea water for at least 1 month without significant reduction in the film thickness. The marine antifouling activity was evaluated against barnacle cyprids Amphibalanus amphitrite and algae Amphora coffeaeformis. Results showed that PMOX coatings provide effective reduction of the settlement regardless of the molar mass and surface charge of the polymer. Bacterial adhesion test showed that PMOX coatings effectively reduce Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli adhesion. Owing to its good stability and antifouling activity PMOX has a great potential as antifouling coating for marine antifouling applications
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 12/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27912
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    ABSTRACT: Isopropenyl phenol (4-IPP) is a versatile dual functional intermediate that can be prepared readily from bisphenol-A (BPA). Through etherification with epichlorohydrin to the phenolic group of 4-IPP, it can be converted into 4-isopropenyl phenyl glycidyl ether (IPGE). On further reaction with carbon dioxide in the presence of tetra-n-butyl ammonium bromide (TBAB) as the catalyst, IPGE was transformed into 4-isopropenylphenoxy propylene carbonate (IPPC) in 90% yield. Cationic polymerization of IPPC with strong acid such as trifluoromethanesulfonic acid or boron trifluoride diethyl etherate as the catalyst at −40 °C gave a linear poly(isopropenylphenoxy propylene carbonate), poly(IPPC), with multicyclic carbonate groups substituted uniformly at the side-chains of the polymer. The cyclic carbonate groups of poly(IPPC) were further reacted with different aliphatic amines and diamines resulting in formation of polymers with hydroxy-polyurethane on side-chains. Syntheses, characterizations of poly(IPPC) and its conversion into hydroxy-polyurethane crosslinked polymers were presented. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27914
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    ABSTRACT: The synthesis of single-chain nanoparticles by palladium-catalyzed Sonogashira coupling between a terminal alkyne and a di-halo aryl cross-linker is reported. Statistical copolymers with trimethylsilyl protected alkyne groups pendent to the linear methacrylate back bones were synthesized using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization post polymerization de-protection providing terminal alkyne functionalized linear polymer chains. These linear polymer chains were intramolecularly cross-linked via bifunctional cross-linkers. The resulting well-defined covalently bonded nanoparticles were characterized via triple-detection size exclusion chromatography where MALS detector provided molecular weight information and viscometric detection characterizes particle size and conformations. The particle size could be readily tuned through polymer molecular weight and by degree of cross-linking. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27942
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    ABSTRACT: Si–H-containing syndiotactic polystyrene is synthesized by the direct polymerization of 4-vinyiphenyldimethylsilanol in the presence of a half-sandwich scandium catalyst system [(C5Me4SiMe3)Sc(CH2C6H4NMe2-o)2]/[Ph3C][B(C6F5)4]. By the one-step efficient hydrosilylation reaction, the perylene bisimide units are quantitatively linked to the Si–H-containing syndiotactic polystyrene backbone. The perylene bisimide units functionalized syndiotactic polystyrene exhibits liquid crystallinity, fluorescence, and electron transporting properties.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27923
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    ABSTRACT: A new crystallizable low band gap conjugated copolymer BTT-DTFFBT is designed and synthesized. The polymer solar cells based on BTT-DTFFBT: PC71BM photoactive layer are fabricated and characterized. It is found that after combined treatment of 1 vol % 1-chloronaphthalene (CN) additive and thermal annealing at 180 °C for 10 min, the device shows a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.61% and good thermal stability..
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27916
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    ABSTRACT: Classical linear low density polyethylenes (LLDPEs) are copolymers of ethylene and 1-octene or 1-hexene, respectively. In the past, other 1-olefins have been tested as comonomers but the resulting LLDPEs were never commercialized as large scale products. The present study focuses on the use of 1-heptene as an interesting comonomer for the synthesis of LLDPE. For a comparison of the molecular structure and the physical properties of 1-heptene- and 1-octene-based LLDPEs, five Ziegler–Natta LLDPEs of varying comonomer contents based on 1-heptene and 1-octene, respectively, were acquired and analysed using advanced methods. The comonomer contents of the resins were between 0.35 and 6.4 mol %. Crystallization-based techniques revealed similar bimodal distributions that are due to the formation of copolymer and polyethylene homopolymer fractions. The compositional distribution of the copolymers was studied by high-temperature (HT) HPLC and HT-2D-LC. The analytical results indicate similar chemical heterogeneities and molar mass distributions of the two sets of LLDPE up to a comonomer content of 3 mol %. Similar to the molecular structure, the physical properties of the materials are quite similar. At comonomer contents of ≥3 mol % differences between the two sets of samples are seen that are attributed to differences in the abilities of 1-heptene and 1-octene in disrupting the crystal arrangements of the polymer chains in solid state. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27932
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    ABSTRACT: Fabrication and functionalization of hydrogels from well-defined dendron-polymer-dendron conjugates is accomplished using sequential radical thiol-ene “click” reactions. The dendron-polymer conjugates were synthesized using an azide-alkyne “click” reaction of alkene-containing polyester dendrons bearing an alkyne group at their focal point with linear poly(ethylene glycol)-bisazides. Thiol-ene “click” reaction was used for crosslinking these alkene functionalized dendron-polymer conjugates using a tetrathiol-based crosslinker to provide clear and transparent hydrogels. Hydrogels with residual alkene groups at crosslinking sites were obtained by tuning the alkene-thiol stoichiometry. The residual alkene groups allow efficient postfunctionalization of these hydrogel matrices with thiol-containing molecules via a subsequent radical thiol-ene reaction. The photochemical nature of radical thiol-ene reaction was exploited to fabricate micropatterned hydrogels. Tunability of functionalization of these hydrogels, by varying dendron generation and polymer chain length was demonstrated by conjugation of a thiol-containing fluorescent dye. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27926
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    ABSTRACT: Polypeptide-based drug delivery has become increasingly important in the field of nanomedicine, with N-carboxyanhydride (NCA) polymerization representing a versatile approach toward their synthesis. Organocatalytic polymerization conditions have been developed to access moderate molecular weight polypeptides with narrow chain length distributions by adding acidic additives to triethylamine catalyzed NCA polymerizations. This method produces polypeptides of predictable sizes and is operationally simple, allowing the synthesis of polypeptides with different targeted sizes for use in a variety of applications including drug delivery.
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27920
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    ABSTRACT: Three vinyl ethers (VEs: isobutyl vinyl ether, ethyl vinyl ether, and isopropyl vinyl ether) and an active styrene derivative, p-methoxystyrene (pMOS), were employed for cationic polymerization using a benign initiating system, AgClO4/Ph2CHBr/dialkyl sulfide. Choosing a sulfide with suitable nucleophilicity was important for achieving controlled polymerization. Additionally, selecting an appropriate reaction temperature based on monomer reactivity was also crucial for suppressing side reactions. Highly controlled polymerizations of VEs and pMOS were further confirmed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). In addition, the coordination of the arylmethyl cation to the added base obviously influenced the initiation, as demonstrated by 1H NMR analysis. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27925
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    ABSTRACT: Triblock copolymers (MPEG-b-PCEMA-b-PHQHEMA) bearing cinnamoyl and 8-hydroxyquinoline side groups with different block length are synthesized by a two-step reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization of cinnamoyl ethyl methacrylate (CEMA) and 2-((8-hydroxyquinolin-5-yl)methoxy)ethyl methacrylate (HQHEMA), respectively. The self-assembly of MPEG-b-PCEMA-b-PHQHEMA in mixture of THF and ethanol is investigated by varying the ratio of THF and ethanol. Spheric micelles with diameter of 63.7 nm and polydispersity of 0.128 are obtained for MPEG113-b-PCEMA15-b-PHQHEMA17 in THF/ethanol with a volume ratio (v/v) of 5/5. The PCEMA inner shell of the resulted micelles is photo-crosslinked under UV radiation to give stabilized micelles. The complex reaction of the stabilized micelles with Zn(II) is investigated under different conditions to give zinc(II)-bis(8-hydroxyquinoline)(Znq2)-containing micelles. When the complex reaction is carried out in THF/ethanol (v/v = 5/5) or THF/toluene (v/v = 6/4) with zinc acetate, fluorescent Znq2-containing micelles are obtained without obvious change in diameters and morphologies. The fluorescent micelles exhibit green emission with λmax at 520 nm. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27941
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    ABSTRACT: A novel fluorinated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer agent, S,S-di-pentaflourobenzyl trithiocarbonate (DPFBTTC), was designed and synthesized. DPFBTTC and dibenzyl trithiocarbonate (DBTTC) were applied in the polymerization of dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate (DFHMA), hexafluorobutyl methacrylate (HFBMA), and trifluoroethyl methacrylate (TFEMA) in scCO2. The polymerization processes were monitored using a high-pressure in-situ NIR, through which the polymerization kinetics was investigated and the controllability of DPFBTTC was evaluated. It is found that the controllability of DPFBTTC presented in the order of DFHMA > HFBMA > TFEMA, indicating that DPFBTTC may fit for the controlled polymerization of the highly fluorinated methacrylates. Moreover, the controllability of DPFBTTC is verified to be better than that of DBTTC, possibly resulting from the enhanced accessibility/miscibility of DPFBTTC to the fluorinated monomer used. We believe that the employment of DPFBTTC and the resulted introduction of stable pentafluorobenzyl end groups to the polymer are expected to distinctly improve performances of the polymer, and thus will meet the special application requirements. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27919
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    ABSTRACT: Thermo-responsive block-graft fluoropolymer is synthesized and investigated the self-assembly morphology and the tunable wettability surface on cotton fabric by dip-coating into the micelles with different temperatures. Well-defined block-graft copolymer is prepared by click chemistry with poly(hexafluorobutyl methacrylate)-block-poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PHFBMA-b-PGMA) and homopolymer poly(N-isopropylacrylate) with alkyne on main chain (Alkynyl-PNIPAM) to synthesize final block-graft polymer PHFBMA-b-(PGMA-g-PNIPAM). The thermo-responsive behaviors of block-graft polymer prove that the diameter for fluoropolymer micelle is about 50–70 nm with uniform sphere shape at room temperature and bigger and broader at 40 °C. The surface of cotton fabric processed in micelle solution at room temperature is smooth and has good hydrophobic property, while it has the hydrophilic property dipped in high temperature micelle solution. This work may give valuable guidance for fabricating a facile strategy to establish controllable wettability surfaces on different substrates, which is a promising candidate for the coating materials and industrial fields. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27936
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    ABSTRACT: The pH-sensitive tertiary amino groups were introduced to synthesize temperature and pH dual-sensitive degradable polyaspartamide derivatives (phe/DEAE-g-PHPA) containing pendant aromatic structures and ionizable tertiary amino groups. The thermo/pH-responsive behavior of phe/DEAE-g-PHPA polymer can be tuned by adjusting the graft copolymer composition. Due to the pH sensitivity of the phe/DEAE-g-PHPA-g-mPEG polymer with hydrophilic long PEG chain, the micelles and the anticancer drug-loaded micelles were prepared by a quick pH-changing method without using toxic organic solvent. The obtained polymeric micelles, paclitaxel-loaded micelles and doxorubicin-loaded micelles were stable under physiological conditions. Both the drug-loaded micelles showed much faster release at pH 5 than at pH 7.4. The doxorubicin-loaded micelles showed obvious and better anticancer activity against both HepG2 and HeLa cells than free doxorubicin. Thus these nontoxic, dual thermo- and pH-sensitive phe/DEAE-g-PHPA-g-mPEG micelles may be a promising anticancer drug delivery system. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27930
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    ABSTRACT: Amphiphilic copolymers were obtained by grafting arborescent poly(γ-benzyl l-glutamate) (PBG) cores of generations G1–G3 with polyglycidol, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), or poly(l-glutamic acid) (PGA) chain segments. The PBG substrates were synthesized by two methods: (1) subjecting PBG samples with a dispersity Đ = Mw/Mn < 1.1 to partial acidolysis of the benzyl ester groups, to produce randomly distributed carboxylic acid functionalities, and (2) using PBG chains containing a glutamic acid di-tert-butyl ester initiator fragment in the last grafting cycle of the PBG core synthesis, and selective acidolysis of the tert-butyl ester groups to obtain substrates with carboxylic acid termini. Linear polymers with Đ < 1.20 and a primary amine terminus were also synthesized to serve as hydrophilic shell materials: Polyglycidol and PEO by anionic polymerization, and PGA by N-carboxyanhydride ring-opening polymerization. These polymers, combined with the two different PGB substrate types, allowed the evaluation of the usefulness of random versus chain-end grafting in producing arborescent copolymers useful as unimolecular micelles in organic and aqueous media. Size exclusion chromatography served to determine the grafting yield, molar mass, dispersity, and branching functionality of the copolymers. Dynamic light scattering measurements provided information on their aggregation behavior in aqueous environments. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27943
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    ABSTRACT: Two new ring opening polymerization (ROP) initiators, namely, (3-allyl-2-(allyloxy)phenyl)methanol and (3-allyl-2-(prop-2-yn-1-yloxy)phenyl)methanol each containing two reactive functionalities viz. allyl, allyloxy and allyl, propargyloxy, respectively, were synthesized from 3-allylsalicyaldehyde as a starting material. Well defined α-allyl, α′-allyloxy and α-allyl, α′-propargyloxy bifunctionalized poly(ε-caprolactone)s with molecular weights in the range 4200–9500 and 3600–10,900 g/mol and molecular weight distributions in the range 1.16–1.18 and 1.15–1.16, respectively, were synthesized by ROP of ε-caprolactone employing these initiators. The presence of α-allyl, α′-allyloxy and α-allyl, α′-propargyloxy functionalities on poly(ε-caprolactone)s was confirmed by FT-IR, 1H, 13C NMR spectroscopy, and MALDI-TOF analysis. The kinetic study of ROP of ε-caprolactone with both the initiators revealed the pseudo first order kinetics with respect to ε-caprolactone consumption and controlled behavior of polymerization reactions. The usefulness of α-allyl, α′-allyloxy functionalities on poly(ε-caprolactone) was demonstrated by performing the thiol-ene reaction with poly(ethylene glycol) thiol to obtain (mPEG)2-PCL miktoarm star copolymer. α-Allyl, α′-propargyloxy functionalities on poly(ε-caprolactone) were utilized in orthogonal reactions i.e copper catalyzed alkyne-azide click (CuAAC) with azido functionalized poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) followed by thiol-ene reaction with poly(ethylene glycol) thiol to synthesize PCL-PNIPAAm-mPEG miktoarm star terpolymer. The preliminary characterization of A2B and ABC miktoarm star copolymers was carried out by 1H NMR spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pola.27924
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    ABSTRACT: Functional, degradable polymers were synthesized via the copolymerization of vinyl acetate (VAc) and 2-methylene-1,3-dioxepane (MDO) using a macro-xanthate CTA, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone), resulting in the formation of amphiphilic block copolymers of poly(NVP)-b-poly(MDO-co-VAc). The behavior of the block copolymers in water was investigated and resulted in the formation of self-assembled nanoparticles containing a hydrophobic core and a hydrophilic corona. The size of the resultant nanoparticles was able to be tuned with variation of the hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments of the core and corona by changing the incorporation of the macro-CTA as well as the monomer composition in the copolymers, as observed by Dynamic Light Scattering, Static Light Scattering, and Transmission Electron Microscopy analyses. The concept was further applied to a VAc derivative monomer, vinyl bromobutanoate, to incorporate further functionalities such as fluorescent dithiomaleimide groups throughout the polymer backbone using azidation and “click” chemistry as postpolymerization tools to create fluorescently labeled nanoparticles. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2015
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry 10/2015; 53(23). DOI:10.1002/pola.27915