Special Issue "Ring-Opening Polymerization"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael R. Buchmeiser
Macromolecular Compounds and Fiber Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany
E-Mail: michael.buchmeiser@ipoc.uni-stuttgart.de
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This issue covers all aspects of ring opening polymerization (ROP) including cationic, anionic, radical and enzyme-mediated ROP as well as ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Contributions focusing on initiators, new monomers or copolymers, changes in reaction mechanism, new polymers and materials prepared by ROP are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Michael R. Buchmeiser
Guest Editor


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Published Papers (5 papers)

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p. 956-1011
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Polymers 2013, 5(3), 956-1011; doi:10.3390/polym5030956
Received: 17 June 2013; in revised form: 1 July 2013 / Accepted: 2 July 2013 / Published: 15 July 2013
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Polymers 2013, 5(2), 361-403; doi:10.3390/polym5020361
Received: 21 March 2013; in revised form: 9 April 2013 / Accepted: 10 April 2013 / Published: 25 April 2013
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p. 284-302
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Polymers 2013, 5(1), 284-302; doi:10.3390/polym5010284
Received: 30 January 2013; in revised form: 28 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 / Published: 15 March 2013
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Polymers 2012, 4(4), 1674-1686; doi:10.3390/polym4041674
Received: 11 September 2012; in revised form: 19 November 2012 / Accepted: 20 November 2012 / Published: 5 December 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(4), 1657-1673; doi:10.3390/polym4041657
Received: 7 October 2012; in revised form: 10 November 2012 / Accepted: 14 November 2012 / Published: 21 November 2012
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type: Review
Title: Polyoxiranes of Controlled Architecture – Syntheses, Structures, Properties and Characterization
Authors: Andrzej Dworak, Wojciech Wałach and Aga Kowalczuk
Affiliation: Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL-41-800 Zabrze, ul. Curie-Sklodowskiej 34, Poland; E-Mail: adworak@cmpw-pan.edu.pl (A.D.)
Abstract: This review will be focused on the topics related to synthesis and properties of branched polymers of oxiranes of well controlled architecture. In the introduction authors intend to introduce the principles which determine the control of the synthetic pathway applied to nonlinear polymers and copolymers of oxiranes. The main emphasis will be put on the controlled synthetic methods leading to different polymer architectures: grafted and multiple grafted, stars, dendritic, dendrimer-like and others. As the proof of the chain structure is sometimes complex, ir will be discussed. Additionally, the properties and possible application of such polymers will be described, especially for the amphiphilic systems which are in some cases thermosensitive.

Type: Article
Title: Crystallizable Polycarbosilane Derivatives by Means of Surface-Initiated Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization
Authors: Markus Gallei *, Johannes Elbert, Junyu Li, Bernd Stühn, and Matthias Rehahn
Affiliation: Ernst-Berl Institute for Chemical Engineering and Macromolecular Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Petersenstraße 22, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany; E-Mails: m.gallei@mc.tu-darmstadt.de
Abstract: The synthesis and characterization of well-defined poly(dimethysilcyclobutane) (PDMSB) and poly(hydromethylsilacyclobutane) (PHMSB) by a truly living grafting-from methodology on monodisperse cross-linked polystyrene nanoparticles is described. For full characterization of the polycarbosilanes sacrificial initiator was added to obtain ‘free’ polymer. The bare organic particles, which were prepared by seeded emulsion polymerization, and the functionalized particles were characterized by TGA, TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Crystallization behavior of surface-attached PDMSB chains in defined geometries e.g. mushrooms, pancakes or even polymer brushes on the nanoparticles were investigated by DSC and SAXS and compared to the amorphous PHMSB derivative.

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