POLYMERS Vol.58@No.8 August 2009
POLYMERS@Vol.58@No.8
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COVER STORY
Water / Polymer Systems: Applied Fields
Water is ubiquitous as an environment for polymers, whereas the full elucidation of the interrelation among polymer structures, properties and high performances in aqueous systems (e.g., bio-systems) remains a long-standing challenge.
At the same time, aqueous systems are now acknowledged for their importance in connection with environmental problems, and much application research is undertaken to utilize the positive features of water. In this issue, as a follow-up to the February edition on fundamental topics, we focused especially on the applied fields and related technologies by introducing some recent developments and topics.
iEditors: M. SATO, T. GUN, and Y. HOTSUTAj
Commentary
Once More, Polymer Membranes Akihiko TANIOKA
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Hot Topics in Polymer Science in Japan
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Polymer Science and I: A Personal Account
Mehr Licht ! Hiroyuki AOKI

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COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
Foresight into the New Horizon of Ultra Pure Water Koji YAMANAKA
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Effect of the Water on the Degradation of Polymers Yoshito OHTAKE
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The Structure and Function of Antifreeze Protein, and Synthetic Polymers Showing the Same Properties Hidehisa KAWAHARA
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Glossary for Highlight Reviews
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COVER STORY: Topics and Products
Self-Regulating Functional Fiber gMRT Fiberh Togi SUZUKI
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Water Transport in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes, as a Key Factor for Low-Cost Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) Mitsutaka ABE
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Water-Borne Paints as a Disperse System Masatoshi OHATA
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Control of the Texture of Water by Water Soluble Polymeric Thickeners Atsushi SOGABE
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High Performance Concrete with High-Polymer Compounds Mitsutaka HAYAKAWA
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Lowering Moisture Absorption of Epoxy Resin by Incorporation of Condensed Poly-Nuclear Aromatic Structure Masashi KAJI
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RO Membranes and the Application for Seawater Desalination Tomomi OHARA
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Front-Line Polymer Science
Tuning Liquid Crystal Laser Light Hideo TAKEZOE
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Messages: “Work and Life”
Woman-Man Equality in Research, a Rather General Social Problem Carole AIMÉ
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Can Australian Women be Successful in Science and Have a Family? Karen KOZIELSKI
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Messages from SPSJ
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