Pacifichem 2015: Macromolecular Chemistry

Macromolecular science is a highly interdisciplinary field drawing from many areas of research that involve the synthesis, processing, properties and applications of polymers. Polymers form the basis of many everyday materials such as plastics, fibers, films, rubber, paints, and adhesives, and impact crucial aspects of life such as healthcare and medicine, energy, and the environment. Given the significant role of polymer chemistry in our lives, Pacifichem 2015 will hold several dedicated ‘Macromolecular’ thematic sessions.  We showcase here a compilation of recent articles published in relevant journals of the American Chemical Society, and authored by speakers and session organizers of the Macromolecular symposia at Pacifichem.

In line with this year’s theme, this collection highlights the collaborative and multidisciplinary nature of polymer science. These articles cover work in new synthetic routes, nanotechnology, deriving materials from renewable resources, and development of novel polymeric materials with a plethora of applications such as therapeutics, bioimaging, photonics, batteries and energy storage, and bio-based manufacturing. Through this themed collection we highlight impactful and most recent advances by polymer scientists with promise for future discoveries and developments.

 

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering

Polymeric Micelle Platform for Multimodal Tomographic Imaging to Detect Scirrhous Gastric Cancer

Yutaka Miura, Atsushi B. Tsuji, Aya Sugyo, Hitomi Sudo, Ichio Aoki, Masayuki Inubushi, Masakazu Yashiro, Kosei Hirakawa, Horacio Cabral, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Tsuneo Saga, and Kazunori Kataoka

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2015 1 (11), 1067-1076

DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00142

 

Thermoresponsive Copolypeptide Hydrogel Vehicles for Central Nervous System Cell Delivery

Shanshan Zhang, Joshua E. Burda, Mark A. Anderson, Ziru Zhao, Yan Ao, Yin Cheng, Yi Sun, Timothy J. Deming, and Michael V. Sofroniew

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2015 1 (8), 705-717

DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00153

 

Macromolecular and Inorganic Nanomaterials Scaffolds for Carbon Monoxide Delivery: Recent Developments and Future Trends

Diep Nguyen and Cyrille Boyer

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2015 1 (10), 895-913

DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00230

 

 

ACS Macro Letters

Self-Reporting Degradable Fluorescent Grafted Copolymer Micelles Derived from Biorenewable Resources

Amandine Noel, Yannick P. Borguet, and Karen L. Wooley

ACS Macro Letters 2015 4 (6), 645-650

DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00227

 

Inherently Photohealable and Thermal Shape-Memory Polydisulfide Networks

Brian T. Michal, Colin A. Jaye, Emily J. Spencer, and Stuart J. Rowan

ACS Macro Letters 2013 2 (8), 694-699

DOI: 10.1021/mz400318m

 

Stereocomplex Formation of Densely Grafted Brush Polymers

Benjamín R. Sveinbjörnsson, Garret M. Miyake, Amer El-Batta, and Robert H. Grubbs

ACS Macro Letters 2014 3 (1), 26-29

DOI: 10.1021/mz400568j

 

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

One-Pot Conversion of Cellulose into n-Hexane over the Ir-ReOx/SiO2Catalyst Combined with HZSM-5

Sibao Liu, Masazumi Tamura, Yoshinao Nakagawa, and Keiichi Tomishige

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2014 2 (7), 1819-1827

DOI: 10.1021/sc5001463

 

Kinetic Modeling of Switchgrass-Derived Xylose Oligomers Degradation during Pretreatment in Dilute Acid or in Water

Ching-Shuan Lau, Kris Bunnell, and Danielle Julie Carrier

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015 3 (9), 2030-2035

DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00298

 

Acid-Catalyzed Chitin Liquefaction in Ethylene Glycol

Yann Pierson, Xi Chen, Felix D. Bobbink, Jiaguang Zhang, and Ning Yan

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2014 2 (8), 2081-2089

DOI: 10.1021/sc500334b

 

 

Biomacromolecules

Glucose-Containing Diblock Polycations Exhibit Molecular Weight, Charge, and Cell-Type Dependence for pDNA Delivery

Yaoying Wu, Miao Wang, Dustin Sprouse, Adam E. Smith, and Theresa M. Reineke

Biomacromolecules 2014 15 (5), 1716-1726

DOI: 10.1021/bm5001229

 

Development of Guanidinium-Rich Protein Mimics for Efficient siRNA Delivery into Human T Cells

Brittany M. deRonde, Joe A. Torres, Lisa M. Minter, and Gregory N. Tew

Biomacromolecules 2015 16 (10), 3172-3179

DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b00795

ECM-Incorporated Hydrogels Cross-Linked via Native Chemical Ligation To Engineer Stem Cell Microenvironments

 

 

Jangwook P. Jung, Anthony J. Sprangers, John R. Byce, Jing Su, Jayne M. Squirrell, Phillip B. Messersmith, Kevin W. Eliceiri, and Brenda M. Ogle

Biomacromolecules 2013 14 (9), 3102-3111

DOI: 10.1021/bm400728e

 

 

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

Sulfated Mesoporous Niobium Oxide Catalyzed 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Formation from Sugars

Ernest Lau Sze Ngee, Yongjun Gao, Xi Chen, Timothy Misso Lee, Zhigang Hu, Dan Zhao, and Ning Yan

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2014 53 (37), 14225-14233

DOI: 10.1021/ie501980t

 

 

Journal of Organic Chemistry

Tetraphenylethene-Based Star Shaped Porphyrins: Synthesis, Self-assembly, and Optical and Photophysical Study

Anushri Rananaware, Rajesh S. Bhosale, Kei Ohkubo, Hemlata Patil, Lathe A. Jones, Sam L. Jackson, Shunichi Fukuzumi, Sidhanath V. Bhosale, and Sheshanath V. Bhosale

The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2015 80 (8), 3832-3840

DOI: 10.1021/jo502760e

 

Two Stepwise Synthetic Routes toward a Hetero[4]rotaxane

Qian-Fu Luo, Lan Zhu, Si-Jia Rao, Hong Li, Qi Miao, and Da-Hui Qu

The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2015 80 (9), 4704-4709

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00627

 

Chemiluminescence Efficiency of Catalyzed 1,2-Dioxetanone Decomposition Determined by Steric Effects

Fernando Heering Bartoloni, Marcelo Almeida de Oliveira, Luiz Francisco Monteiro Leite Ciscato, Felipe Alberto Augusto, Erick Leite Bastos, and Wilhelm Josef Baader

The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2015 80 (8), 3745-3751

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00515

 

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Macroscopic Photocontrol of Ion-Transporting Pathways of a Nanostructured Imidazolium-Based Photoresponsive Liquid Crystal

Bartolome Soberats, Emi Uchida, Masafumi Yoshio, Junko Kagimoto, Hiroyuki Ohno, and Takashi Kato

Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014 136 (27), 9552-9555

DOI: 10.1021/ja5041573

 

Improving Paclitaxel Delivery: In Vitro and In Vivo Characterization of PEGylated Polyphosphoester-Based Nanocarriers

Fuwu Zhang, Shiyi Zhang, Stephanie F. Pollack, Richen Li, Amelia M. Gonzalez, Jingwei Fan, Jiong Zou, Sarah E. Leininger, Adriana Pavía-Sanders, Rachel Johnson, Laura D. Nelson, Jeffery E. Raymond, Mahmoud Elsabahy, Dennis M. P. Hughes, Mark W. Lenox, Tiffany P. Gustafson, and Karen L. Wooley

Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015 137 (5), 2056-2066

DOI: 10.1021/ja512616s

 

Multifunctional Nanoworms and Nanorods through a One-Step Aqueous Dispersion Polymerization

Zhongfan Jia, Valentin A. Bobrin, Nghia P. Truong, Marianne Gillard, and Michael J. Monteiro

Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014 136 (16), 5824-5827

DOI: 10.1021/ja500092m

 

 

Macromolecules

ABA Triblock Brush Polymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, Conductivity, and Rheological Properties

Christopher M. Bates, Alice B. Chang, Nebojša Momčilović, Simon C. Jones, and Robert H. Grubbs

Macromolecules 2015 48 (14), 4967-4973

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00880

 

One-Pot “Click” Fabrication of Slide-Ring Gels

Takuya Murakami, Bernhard V. K. J. Schmidt, Hugh R. Brown, and Craig J. Hawker

Macromolecules 2015 48 (21), 7774-7781

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b0171
 

Characterization of Fibrous Aggregated Morphologies and Other Complex Architectures Self-Assembled from Helical Alkyne and Triazole Polycarbodiimides (R)- and (S)-Families in the Bulk and Thin Film

Oleg V. Kulikov, Dumindika A. Siriwardane, James F. Reuther, Gregory T. McCandless, Hao-Jan Sun, Yuanchao Li, Samsuddin F. Mahmood, Sergei S. Sheiko, Virgil Percec, and Bruce M. Novak

Macromolecules 2015 48 (12), 4088-4103

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00407