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Showing papers in "Progress in Polymer Science in 2014"


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TL;DR: In this article, the main characteristics of the electroactive phases of polyvinylidene fluoride and copolymers are summarized, and some interesting potential applications and processing challenges are discussed.

2,242 citations


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TL;DR: Lignin is a highly abundant biopolymeric material that constitutes with cellulose one of the major components in structural cell walls of higher vascular plants and is used as a precursor for the elaboration of original macromolecular architecture and the development of new building blocks as mentioned in this paper.

1,416 citations


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TL;DR: In this article, the authors discuss various assembly techniques available for effectively incorporating the strong and flexible graphene-based components into polymer matrices by utilization of weak and strong interfacial interactions available in functionalized graphene sheets.

918 citations


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TL;DR: The present review highlights the contribution of dendrimers in the field of nanotechnology with intent to aid the researchers in exploring dendrisers inThe field of drug delivery.

861 citations


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TL;DR: An overview of the key features of CT and CS membranes and scaffolds such as their biodegradability, cytocompatibility and mechanical properties toward applications in tissue engineering and wound healing are provided.

732 citations


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TL;DR: Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) have been used extensively in polymer nanocomposites as mentioned in this paper, where they have shown high tensile and flexural strength, elastic moduli, and improved toughness.

722 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, a review of the fundamental concepts that have to be considered to prepare various types of MMMs, including considerations for the design novel MMMs that will eventually surpass the Robeson's trade-off upper bound.

701 citations


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TL;DR: Segregated polymer composites (s-CPCs) as discussed by the authors contain conductive fillers that are segregated in the perimeters of the polymeric granules instead of being randomly distributed throughout the bulk CPC material; these materials are overwhelmingly superior compared to normal CPCs.

580 citations


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TL;DR: A survey of polymers considered for such applications is provided in this paper, where a solution diffusion model is used as a framework for discussing structure/property relations in polymers related to water and salt transport properties.

573 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors summarized and reviewed recent advances in various promising and cutting-edge electrospinning techniques, including multilayering electro-spinning, post-processing after electro spinning, liquid-assisted collection, template assisted collection, porogen-added electro-spinning, and self-assembly.

561 citations


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TL;DR: Porous emulsion-templated polymers are highly viscous, paste-like emulsions in which the major, "internal" phase, usually defined as constituting more than 74% of the volume, is dispersed within the continuous, minor, "external" phase.

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Hua Deng1, Lin Lin1, Mizhi Ji1, Shuangmei Zhang1, Ming-Bo Yang1, Qiang Fu1 
TL;DR: In this article, the morphological control of conductive networks in conductive polymer composites (CPCs) has been extensively investigated as an important issue for the preparation of high performance CPCs.

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TL;DR: In situ -forming injectable hydrogel systems, prepared using a variety of chemical crosslinkers and/or physical interactions, for application in regenerative medicine, including cell therapy and tissue regeneration are described.

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TL;DR: In this article, the effect of fillers on the phase separation of an immiscible polymer blend is discussed. And the main discussed thermodynamically controlling parameter of the localization is the wetting parameter omega(AB), however, because of the viscosity of the system, the equilibrium dictated by Omega(AB may never reach.

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TL;DR: The benefit of the incorporation of mucoadhesive polymers into the structure of these innovative pharmaceutical products to prolong their residence time in the administration site and the release of the drug cargo will be discussed with focus in the developments of the last decade.

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TL;DR: In this paper, a review of the developments made thus far in PLA foaming can be found, where the authors have investigated the fundamentals of PLA/gas mixtures, PLA foasting mechanisms, and the effects of material modification on PLA's foaming behavior through various manufacturing technologies.

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TL;DR: In this paper, a review summarizes recent developments in marine antifouling polymer brushes and coatings that are tethered to material surfaces and do not actively release biocides.

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TL;DR: A much stronger understanding of the basic properties of the materials utilized is required for adopting the appropriate membrane and for finding the relationship among material properties, membrane morphology and the transport phenomena in the membranes.

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TL;DR: A comprehensive survey of the recent developments on the synthesis, properties and applications of silicone containing copolymers is provided in this paper, where the effect of silicone oligomer and organic segment structure and molecular weight on the morphology and surface and bulk properties of the resultant silicone containing polymeric network structures is also discussed.

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TL;DR: This review discusses and summarizes the latest advances in the engineering of silk-based biomaterials, focusing specifically on the fabrication of diverse bio-mimetic structures such as films, hydrogels, scaffolds, nanofibers and nanoparticles; their functionalization and potential for biomedical applications.

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TL;DR: This review provides an overview of tissue adhesive materials from a polymer chemistry perspective and is intended as starting point and inspiration for these future research efforts to develop the next generation tissue adhesives.

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TL;DR: In this article, the dependence of graphitic fillers on the rheological, electrical, mechanical, thermal, dielectric and barrier properties of elastomer composites is discussed, giving special emphasis to particle size and mode of interactions with the matrix.

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TL;DR: In this article, a review of polyethylene glycol (PEG) acrylate-based polymers is presented, which provides a comprehensive overview of their reported thermoresponsive properties.

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TL;DR: An overview on de novo design, controlled synthesis and emerging biomedical applications of functional polypeptide and hybrid materials is given.

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TL;DR: A detailed overview of the present status of carbon nanotube-polyaniline (CNT/PANI) composites, from processing to structural and property evaluations, can be found in this paper.

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TL;DR: This review summarized the major strategies to design FNSs with specific structures for biological imaging, in which their fluorescence mechanism, strategies in designing and development, preparation methods, and some representative applications in bioimaging are described.

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TL;DR: In this article, the cavitation phenomenon is observed during deformation in many semicrystalline polymers above their glass transition temperature, which is observed only in tension, never during compression or shearing.

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors summarize the recent progress on clay modification via conventional ion exchange reactions, sol-gel linking, atom transfer radical polymerization, and polymer intercalation.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors reviewed the advances in the field, discussed the reasons for this delay and analyzes the challenges that have to be overcome in order to fully use this process in commercial practice.

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TL;DR: In this paper, a review of the approaches developed to prepare and characterize porous structured materials by using the breath figures (BF) methodology is presented, where the authors analyze the topographical modifications of the surface that can be tuned with this approach, such as the control of pore characteristics, changes in the pore morphology or use of nonplanar substrates to create the porous materials among others.