Scott Danielsen of the Rubinstein lab shows that the chemical incompatibility between A and B polymers drives a competition between associative and segregative phase separation.
A team from the Rubinstein lab demonstrate that reversibly associating polymers have a large parameter space in terms of molecular design, binding energy, and mixture compositions. An equilibrium statistical mechanical theory for the formation of reversible networks in two-component solutions of associative polymers is presented to account for the phase behavior due to hydrogen-bonding, metal–ligand, electrostatic, or other pairwise heterotypic associative interactions.
A team from the Rubinstein and Panyukov labs demonstrate in simulation that some chains increase extension when their bonds are more compressed.
In this Science article a MONET team from the Craig, Johnson, and Rubinstein labs demonstrate that cyclobutane-based mechanophore cross-linkers that break through force-triggered cycloreversion lead to networks that are up to nine times as tough as conventional analogs.
In this publication in Chem, the Kulik and Kalow labs show that the exchange rate of a reaction in aqueous environments is highly sensitive to the structure of the dithioalkylidenes conjugate acceptor and may be varied over four orders of magnitude.
In this Frontiers in Virology paper, the Steinmetz lab in collaboration with Craig investigate polyethylene glycol (PEG) coatings on tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), which was used as a model nanocarrier system, to evaluate the effects of linear and multivalent PEG coatings at varying chain lengths on serum protein adsorption, antibody recognition, and macrophage uptake.
In this JACS article a MONET team from the Klausen, Johnson, Craig, and Kulik labs report the geometrically selective synthesis of trans- and cis-silacycloheptenes via a novel synthetic strategy and probe the effect of Si for C substitution on ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP).
In this Polymer Chemistry article, a team from the Johnson and Craig labs address the question how the deformation and tension experienced by a strand is influenced by strand length through the use of mechanophore force probes with discrete molecular weights.
Researchers from the Olvera de la Cruz and Craig labs report a polyelectrolyte handle for single-molecule force spectroscopy that offers a combination of excellent attachment features.
A team from the Rubinstein and Craig labs present a modified Lake–Thomas theory that accounts for the molecular details of network connectivity upon crack propagation in polymer networks.