POLYMERS@Vol.59@No.9
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COVER STORY
Significant Advances in Polymer Gels
Polymer gel, as a research subject of interdisciplinary science and technology based on chemistry, physics, biology, material science, and so forth, has attracted much attention. In particular, for the recent 10 years, it could be said that the research on gels is in the midst of an era of renaissance producing innovative gels with excellent mechanical performances like e.g. self-healing gels, ionic liquid gels and gels with meso-scale ordered structure. These progresses will greatly contribute to the application of gels as biomaterials, sensors, actuators, battery, micro-devices, etc. This special issue presents state-of-the-art information and a future perspective on polymer gel research.
iEditors: GONG, AKIYOSHI, ITO, SHIKATA, and MIYATAj
Commentary
What is the Polymer Science for You ? Yoshihito OSADA
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Hot Topics
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Growing Polymers: A Personal Account
Close Encounters of the New Kind Takeshi IKEYA

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The Similarity between Comedy and Research Takeru IWAMURA

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COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
Ionic Liquid as Solvent for Polymer Gel: Design, Characteristics, and Development of Ion-Gel Takeshi UEKI and Masayoshi WATANABE

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Structures of High Strength Polymer Gels Revealed by Small-angle Neutron Scattering Mitsuhiro SHIBAYAMA

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Structures and Dynamics of Supramolecular Polymeric Systems Toshiyuki SHIKATA

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Glossary for Highlight Reviews
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COVER STORY:Topics and Products
Nonlinear Mechanical Phenomena in Gels Yoshimi TANAKA
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Aqua Materials : A Possible Direction of Material Design toward the Realization of a Low-Carbon Society Takuzo AIDA
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Polymer Network Fabricated from Tetra-Arm Polymer Unit Takamasa SAKAI
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Magnetic Gel That Demonstrates Drastic Changes in Dynamic Modulus Tetsu MITSUMATA
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Photo-Controllable Microfluidic System Composed of a Photo-Responsive Hydrogel Sheet Kimio SUMARU
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Gel Electrolytes for Electric Double-Layer Capacitor Masashi ISHIKAWA
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Drug Delivery through Soft Contact Lenses Haruyuki HIRATANI
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Front-Line Polymer Science
Physical Properties of Polymers Studied by Utilizing Rheological Measurements : From Introduction to Application in Industry Yoshiaki TAKAHASHI
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Reports from Local Divisions
Report from the 56th Polymer Research Symposium (Kobe) Katsuhiko SUMITA
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Messages: “Work and Life”
Turning Point Sonoko ISHIMARU
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The 3rd SPSJ Equal Opportunity Seminar; Womenfs Activity in Campanies Kazue UEDA
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Messages from SPSJ
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