Topical Collection "Design and Synthesis of Polymers"


Collection Editor
Prof. Shin-ichi Yusa

Department of Materials Science and Chemistry, University of Hyogo, 2167 Shosha, Himeji, Hyogo, Japan
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Interests: controlled/living radical polymerization; RAFT; TERP; water-soluble polymer; self-organization; polymer micelle; bioconjugate polymer

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well-known that polymer functions strongly depend on their design and structure. The design and synthesis of polymers are very important for desired properties. Commonly, most polymers are synthesized by the following methods: radical, anionic, cationic, condensation, ring opening, and coordination polymerizations. Unfortunately, these synthetic polymer structures are not well-controlled compared with biopolymers, such as polypeptide, DNA, RNA, and so on. We cannot precisely control molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, monomer sequence, and tacticity. Recently, controlled polymerization methods have been developed to achieve well-controlled structured polymers with defined molecular weight and narrow molecular weight distribution. However, this is unsatisfactory compared with biopolymers. Especially, monomer sequence and tacticity controls constitute difficult challenges. Additionally, there are various design of polymers, such as linear polymer, random copolymer, alternative copolymer, block copolymer, branched polymer, graft copolymer, star-shape copolymer, mikto−arm copolymer, dendrimer, and so on. These designs are the key points of the functions.

This collection is concerned with the design and synthesis of polymers. We hope to share new concept designs of polymers, polymer synthesis methods, and analysis of polymerization mechanisms. Both original contributions and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Shin-ichi Yusa
Collection Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Linear polymer
  • Random copolymer
  • Alternative copolymer
  • Branched polymer
  • Block copolymer
  • Conjugated polymer
  • Graft copolymer
  • Star-shaped polymer
  • Dendrimer
  • Radical polymerization
  • Anionic polymerization
  • Cationic polymerization
  • Condensation polymerization
  • Ring opening polymerization
  • Coordination polymerization
  • Polyaddition
  • Addition condensation
  • Living polymerization
  • Polymerization mechanism
  • Monomer sequence control
  • Tactility
  • Copolymerization
  • Photo-polymerization
  • New concept of polymerization

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