POLYMERS Vol.58@No.2 January 2009
POLYMERS@Vol.58@No.2
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Water / Polymer Systems
Water is ubiquitous as an environment for polymers, whereas the full elucidation of interrelation among polymer structures, properties and high performances in aqueous systems (e.g., bio-systems) remains to be a long-standing challenge. At the same time, aqueous systems are now acknowledged for their importance against the environmental problems, and many application researches are undertaken to utilize the features of water. In this issue, we focused especially on the fundamental areas and related sciences by introducing some recent developments and topics. For the applied and industrial fields, another coming issue will be devoted.
iEditors: M.SATOH and Y.SUZUKIj
Commentary
Water and Polymer Molecules Woven into an Integral World Kunihiro KUWAJIMA
57

Hot Topics in Polymer Science in Japan
60

Polymer Science and I: A Personal Account
Difficulty and Fascination in Composite Development Akihiro ENDO
64

COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
How do Water Molecules Behave in Polymers? Shin YAGIHARA, Naoki SHINYASHIKI and Rio KITA
65
Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Water in Polymers Yoshinori TAMAI and Mitsuhiro FUKUDA
70
Correlation between Biocompatibility of Polymer Materials and Their Hydration Structure Hiromi KITANO and Makoto GEMMEI-IDE
74
Controlled / Living Radical Polymerization in Aqueous Dispersed Systems Hideto MINAMI, Per B. ZETTERLUND and Masayoshi OKUBO
78
The Structural Transition of Polymers in Water Masahiko ANNAKA
82

Glossary for Highlight Reviews
86

COVER STORY: Topics and Products
Hydration of Counterions in Organic Ion-exchangers Tetsuo OKADA
87
Hydrated Ionic Liquids as Solvents for Proteins Kyoko FUJITA and Hiroyuki OHNO
88
Enzymatic Polymerization in Hydrous Ionic Liquids Masahiro FUJITA and Masahiro RIKUKAWA
89
TEMPO-oxidized Cellulose Nanofibers Akira ISOGAI
90

Front-Line Polymer Science
Amyloid Fibril Formation and Protein Science Yuji GOTO
92

Messages: "Work and Life"
Gender Equality in Japan: My Impression Masayoshi OKUBO
97
R&D as Your Life Work Kimio IMAIZUMI
98

Messages from SPSJ
99
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