Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry (J Polymer Sci Polymer Chem )

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

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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.

  • Impact factor
    3.54
  • 5-year impact
    3.22
  • Cited half-life
    6.70
  • Immediacy index
    0.76
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  • Article influence
    0.66
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    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
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    1099-0518
  • OCLC
    39029246
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    ABSTRACT: A new donor-acceptor conjugated copolymer (PDTPyDPP), comprising 2,7-di-2-thienyl-4,5,9,10-tetrakis(hexyloxy)pyrene as a donor and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as an acceptor, was synthesized. PDTPyDPP showed good solubility in common organic solvents, broad visible absorption from 300 to 900 nm, and a moderate hole mobility up to 6.3 × 10−3 cm2 V−1 s−1. The power conversion efficiency of the photovoltaic device based on the PDTPyDPP/PC71BM photoactive layer reached 4.43% with 0.66 V of open-circuit voltage (Voc), 10.52 mA cm−2 of short-circuit current (Jsc) and 64.11% of fill factor. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: This review highlights the concept of multiple click reaction strategy which is utilized for design and synthesis of well-defined complex macromolecular structures as well as multifunctionalization of well-defined polymers. This review examines the click combinations mainly from double to quadruple and additionally from the most frequently used to the least. The present review may also be regarded as an update for recent reviews dealing with specifically double and triple click reaction combinations in synthetic polymer chemistry. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Novel cyclic olefin polymers (COPs) with excellent transparency and high glass-transition temperature (Tg) synthesized from bulky norbornene derivative, exo-1,4,4a,9,9a,10-hexahydro-9,10(1',2')-benzeno-l,4-methanoanthracene (HBMN), and cis-cyclooctene (COE) by ring-opening metathesis copolymerization utilizing the “first-generation Grubbs” catalyst, RuCl2(PCy3)2(CHPh), and subsequent hydrogenation was reported herein. To get amorphous copolymers, it was of great importance to control the feed ratios and the polymerization time for gradient copolymerization. All these copolymers showed very high Tgs (141.1–201.2 °C), which varied with the content of HBMN. The films of the gradient copolymers with only one Tg were highly transparent. On the contrary, all the block copolymers synthesized through sequential addition showed two thermal transition temperatures, Tg and melt temperature (Tm), and the films of these block copolymers were opaque. The mechanical performances of the COPs were also investigated. It is the first report that transparent COP could be prepared from bulky norbornene derivative and monocyclic olefin. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: The first observation that PBBTPD, a low bandgap, ambipolar conjugated donor-acceptor (DA) polymer based on benzobisthiadiazole (BBT), possesses an open-shell singlet ground state as well as a thermally accessible triplet state is described. Similarly, interesting electronic behavior in semiconducting organic DA oligomers based on BBT is also observed. Theoretical predictions have suggested that such behavior is due to the biradicaloid character of BBT and we provide experimental evidence indicating that these predictions are correct. Furthermore, the open shell character strengthens as the conjugation length increases, as observed in the BBT-based polymer, PBBTPD. We show that this biradicaloid structure is observed in each BBT moiety along the chain and that therefore PBBTPD is in fact a polyradicaloid. This observation will most likely aid in the development of better n-type polymeric acceptors for organic semiconductor applications. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: The covalently immobilized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) supported three-dimensional geometry α-diimine nickel, palladium catalysts are prepared by corresponding α-diimine nickel, palladium complexes and activated MWNTs. The molecular structures of the catalysts have been confirmed by X-ray single-crystal analyses, NMR and XPS, as well as elemental analysis. Compared with nickel, palladium catalysts without modification and physical mixing of nickel, palladium catalysts with MWNTs, the MWNTs supported nickel, palladium catalysts show improved activity and productivity in norbornene homopolymerization and copolymerization with polar monomer. The morphology of the resulting polymers obtained from MWNTs-supported nickel(II) complex reveals that the MWNTs are dispersed uniformly in polymer and wrapped by polymers to squeeze out of spherical particles, leading to the enhanced processability and mechanical properties. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Ionic liquids have attracted a considerable attention as the next generation electrolytes for energy devices. We have developed new free-standing and nanostructured polymer films in which ionic liquids are confined into one-dimensionally ordered nanochannels. These polymer films have been obtained by photopolymerization of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular columnar liquid-crystalline self-assemblies of an imidazolium-based ionic liquid and a wedge-shaped diol compound containing polymerizable groups. The macroscopically parallel alignment of the columnar structures on a glass substrate has been achieved by the application of mechanical shearing, and subsequently fixed into polymer films by UV irradiation. This ionic liquid-containing polymer film exhibits higher ionic conductivity than that of the previously reported one-dimensional polymer film obtained by in situ photopolymerization of a covalent-type columnar liquid-crystalline imidazolium salt. The noncovalent supramolecular approach to one-dimensionally ion-conductive polymer films has led to improvement on conductive properties. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Amphiphilic double-brush copolymers (DBCs) with each graft site quantitatively carrying both a hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) graft and a hydrophobic polystyrene (PSt) graft are synthesized by sequential reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). These DBCs are used as both surfactants and polyfunctional RAFT agents in the radical polymerization of St in aqueous dispersed media. Miniemulsions with narrowly dispersed St-based nanodroplets are readily obtained after ultrasonication of the reaction mixtures. Without the presence of crosslinker, chain-extension polymerization of St from the DBCs yields well-defined polymeric latexes with narrow size distributions. However, with the presence of divinylbenzene (DVB) as the crosslinker, vesicular polymeric nanoparticles are formed as the major product. Such crosslinking-induced change in morphology of the resulting latex nanomaterials may be ascribed to the increase of interfacial curvature in the heterophase systems during crosslinking polymerization. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Attaching dendritically branched side chains to each repeat unit of a linear polymer produces molecular building blocks of nanometer-sized dimensions called dendronized polymers. The structure of these complex molecular architectures is highly tunable and, therefore, of interest for a wide range of potential applications. The first examples of dendronized polymers prepared by living ring-opening metathesis polymerization of oxanorbornenedicarboximide macromonomers with poly(alkyl ether) dendrons are reported. Small-angle X-ray scattering experiments on bulk samples confirm that the diameter of the individual cylindrical polymers can be tailored by the choice of dendron generation or the length of the hydrocarbon peripheral group. Analysis of the SAXS data based on a core-shell model indicates that although the diameter of the cylinder increases with generation, the size of the core does not change; this suggests that these dendrons only loosely encapsulate the polymer backbone. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes the preparation and solution properties of a series of polyampholytes composed of N-(3-aminopropyl)methacrylamide hydrochloride (APM) and methacrylic acid (MAA). In particular, conditions were found where the copolymers could be formed with little or no drift in composition over the course of polymerization to quite high conversions. The compositional drift, common to many copolymerizations, was limited by adjusting the reactivity of MAA through control of its degree of ionization (i.e., pH). As revealed by potentiometric measurements and changes in 1H NMR spectra, the solution pH drifted over the course of some polymerizations. This was ascribed to changes in the pKa values of the ammonium and carboxylate groups upon incorporation in the copolymer. The pH drift led to a change in degree of MAA ionization, and hence the relative reactivities of APM and MAA, but this effect could be minimized by using a buffer. Precipitation, which occurred during some polymerizations, could be prevented, in some cases, by the addition of salt or an organic cosolvent. Even in cases where precipitation could not be prevented, it was found that the copolymer was still formed with minimal compositional drift. The solubility of the resulting polyampholytes in aqueous solution was found to depend on their composition, as well as pH, ionic strength and temperature. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: The synthesis of nanoparticle-cored dendrimers (NCDs) through surface functionalization of iron oxide nanoparticles (γ-Fe2O3) by combining the conventional silane coupling agent 3-(aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APS) with dendritic moieties is studied and presented. Much emphasis has been put on the role played by each modifier and how they interact not only between themselves, but also with the dispersing media wherein the resulting NCDs are. As a part of the functionalization, redox-active nitro groups were introduced onto the surface of each synthesized NCD thus making them electrochemically active. Then, the obtained NCDs were immobilized onto glassy carbon electrodes. Both the NCDs and modified electrodes are expected to be eventually exploited in analytical and sensing applications. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: New low-temperature curable organic/inorganic hybrid polymers were designed and synthesized as gate dielectrics for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Allyl alcohols were introduced to polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) via hydrosilyation to produce an alcohol-functionalized POSS derivative (POSS-OH). POSS-OH was then reacted with hexamethoxymethylmelamine at carrying molar ratios at 80 °C in the presence of a catalytic amount of p-toluenesulfonic acid to give highly cross-linked network polymers (POSS-MM). The prepared thin films were smooth and hard after the thermal cross-linking reaction and had very low leakage currents (<10−8 A/cm2) with no significant absorption over the visible spectral range. Pentacene-based OTFTs using the synthesized insulators as gate dielectric layers had higher hole mobilities (up to 0.36 cm2/Vs) than a device using thermally cross-linked poly(vinyl phenol) and melamine as the gate dielectric layer (0.18 cm2/Vs). © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Well-defined diblock copolymers of linear polyethylene (PE) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) have been synthesized through a facile route combining the thiol-ene click chemistry of vinyl-terminated polyethylene (PE-ene) and the sequential esterification reaction. The resulting diblock copolymers are characterized by 1H NMR, FT-IR, DSC, TGA, and TEM. In addition, the PE-b-PDMS diblock copolymers have been evaluated as compatibilizers in the blends of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and silicone oil. The morphological analysis and mechanical properties demonstrate that the compatibilized blends with low loading concentration of PE-b-PDMS display significant improvements in modulus of elasticity and elongation at break as compared to the uncompatibilized binary blends. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: A new visible light-induced controlled radical polymerization of methacrylate with perfluoro-1-iodohexane (CF3(CF2)5I) as the initiator in the presence of a photoredox catalyst (fac-[Ir(ppy)3]) was developed. Mechanistically, a photoexcited fac-[Ir(ppy)3]* complex reacted with dormant C-I species to generate the chain propagating radical and IrIVI complex, which could be reversibly reduced by the propagating radical. The molecular weight (Mn) and the corresponding distribution index (Mw/Mn = 1.4) were controlled in the polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA). For the polymerization of functional monomers, such as glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) and trifluoroethyl methacrylate, their monomer conversions could be up to 96 and 94%, respectively. No polymerization reaction took place without external light stimulation, indicating that the system was an ideal photo “on−off” switchable system. Furthermore, a clean diblock copolymer PMMA-b-PGMA was successfully synthesized with PMMA-I as the macroinitiator. With CF3(CF2)5I as the initiator, short CF3(CF2)5− group tags were introduced on the produced polymer chains. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: A series of aluminum dimethyl complexes 1–6 bearing N-[2-(pyrrolidinyl)benzyl]anilido ligands were synthesized and well characterized. The molecular structure of complex 1 determined by an X-ray diffraction study indicates the bidentate chelating mode of the pyrrolidinyl-anilido ligand. In the absence of a coinitiator, these complexes exhibited excellent control toward the polymerizations of ε-caprolactone and rac-lactide, affording polyesters with quite narrow molecular weight distributions (Mw/Mn = 1.04–1.26). The end group analysis of ε−CL oligomer via 1H NMR and ESI-TOF MS methods gave strong support to the hypothesis that the polymerization catalyzed by these aluminum complexes proceeds via a coordination-insertion mechanism involving a unique AlN (amido) bond initiation. Via 1H NMR scale oligomerization studies, it is suggested that the insertion of the first lactide monomer into AlN bond of the complex is much easier than the insertion of lactide monomer into the newly formed AlO (lactate) bond and might also be easier than the insertion of the first ε−CL monomer into AlN bond. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: In the presence of small amounts of 2,2-dialkyl-, 2,2,3-trialkyl-, or 2,2,3,3-tetraalkyl substituted epoxides such as isobutylene oxide, 1,2-limonene oxide, and 2,2,3,3,-tetramethyl oxirane, the photoinitiated cationic ring-opening polymerizations of 3,3-disubstituted oxetanes are dramatically accelerated. The acceleration affect was attributed to an increase in the rate of the initiation step of these latter monomers. Both mono- and disubstituted oxetane monomers are similarly accelerated by the above-mentioned epoxides to give crosslinked network polymers. The potential for the use of such “kick-started” systems in applications such as coatings, adhesives, printing inks, dental composites and in three-dimensional imaging is discussed. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Multifunctional, biocompatible, and brush-grafted poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEG/PCL) nanoparticles have been synthesized, characterized, and used as vehicles for transporting hydrophobic substances in water. For anchoring the polymer mixed brushes, we used magnetic-silica particles of 40 nm diameter produced by the reverse microemulsion method. The surface of the silica particle was functionalized with biocompatible polymer brushes, which were synthesized by the combination of “grafting to” and “grafting from” techniques. PEG was immobilized on the particles surface, by “grafting to,” whereas PCL was growth by ROP using the “grafting from” approach. By varying the synthetic conditions, it was possible to control the amount of PCL anchored on the surface of the nanoparticles and consequently the PEG/PCL ratio, which is a vital parameter connected with the arrangement of the polymer brushes as well as the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of the particles. Thus, adjusting the PEG/PCL ratio, it was possible to obtain a system formed by PEG and PCL chains grafted on the particle's surface that collapsed in segregated domains depending on the solvent used. For instance, the nanoparticles are colloidally stable in water due to the PEG domains and at the same time are able to transport, entrapped within the PCL portion, highly water-insoluble drugs. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has reached the second largest production volume of fluoropolymers in recent years, and its popularity can be ascribed to high thermal stability and chemical inertness combined with its ferroelectric behavior. Copolymerization of vinylidene fluoride with other monomers leads to a wide variety of products with modified or improved properties. Besides commercially available fluorinated random copolymers, well-defined block-, graft, and alternating copolymers based on PVDF received more attention in recent years. PVDF-containing block copolymers that may self-assemble into well-ordered morphologies are of particular interest, being potential precursors for functional nanostructured materials applicable in membranes and electronics. This Highlight provides an overview of the routes developed towards these materials via conventional and controlled polymerization techniques. In addition, it discusses their nanoscopic phase behavior and current and potential applications. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014
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