Special Issue "Living Polymerization"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017).
Interests: synthesis and characterization of polymers with novel macromolecular architectures: Linear, dendritic, linear-dendritic, star-dendritic, cyclo-dendritic, dendronized, hyperbranched and linear-hyperbranched; biocompatible and biodegradable polymers, novel polymeric systems for drug delivery and diagnosis (theranostics materials); “living” polymerization methods; macromolecular self-assembly and interfacial transport; polymer-supported biocatalysis and “green” chemistry, semi-artificial enzymes
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In 1956, a short paper by Michael Szwarc, entitled “’Living’ Polymers”, appeared in Nature. This communication had a transformative effect on the field of polymer science, providing researchers with a powerful concept for the precise control of the molecular mass characteristics for different polymers, and a versatile tool for macromolecular engineering. The main prerequisites for ‘living’ polymerizations are: Rapid initiation (all active propagation centers created at once), propagation rate much slower than the rate of initiation and free of side reactions, lack of termination. Under these conditions, the active centers in the macromolecules should stay ‘alive’ and be able to add new monomers, comonomers and/or another fragment or polymer block with complimentary functional group(s). An important advantage of ‘living’ polymerizations is that they yield polymers with predictable molecular masses, narrow molecular mass distributions and well-defined end groups. While the initial success was achieved with vinyl monomers and anionic initiators, constant developments have generated methods and strategies, which involve cationic and ring-opening polymerizations. In addition to block copolymers, numerous new materials with different composition and macromolecular architecture have been created using ‘living’ polymerizations with promising potential in a broad array of current and future applications. The field continues to expand with important advances in radical polymerization and ring-opening metathesis, where, under certain favorable conditions, the processes could approach the characteristics of classic ‘living’ polymerizations.
This humble scope of this Special Issue of Polymers is to provide interested readers with a flavor of recent developments in this dynamic area and trace potential applications and further growth.
Prof. Ivan Gitsov
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- ‘Living’ Polymerization
- ‘Living’/Controlled Polymerization
- Pseudo-Living Polymerization
- Anionic Initiators
- Cationic Initiators
- Ring-Opening Polymerization
- Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization
- Block Copolymers