Another special issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications, guest-edited by Jean-François Lutz (Institut Charles Sadron), Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University), and Brent Sumerlin (University of Florida) highlights exciting recent developments in the field of macromolecular engineering.
This themed issue follows a first opus that was published earlier this year (issue 2, 2014) with the same guest-editors. Overwhelmed by the great interest of the invited authors it was quickly becoming evident that a single issue was not sufficient to give a comprehensive and coherent view of the whole field of macromolecular engineering. The contributions to the special issues discuss versatile new synthetic routes that lead to excellent control of molecular weight, chain architecture, and functionality. Others describe simplified or more efficient routes to controlled-sequence or complex topologies that once required tedious syntheses.
An impressive list of top authors from around the globe has contributed to these two special issues that will hopefully serve as a benchmark for the state of the art of macromolecular engineering.
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- A comprehensive and timely review article for polymer chemists on the advances in polyhomologation and related techniques for macromolecular engineering by Nikos Hadjichristidis.
- Cyrille Boyer (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Thomas P. Davis’ (Monash University, Parkville, Australia) communication on simultaneous encapsulation and self-assembly during the course of a single step copolymerization of an amphiphilic block copolymer.
- David Mecerreyes’ (San Sebastian, Spain) communication on a new route to synthesize fully bio-based supramolecular ionic networks.