POLYMERS@Vol.60@No.2
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COVER STORY
Single-Molecule Spectroscopy: A New Window to the Nanoworld of Polymers
Recent progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology requires new techniques for the characterization of polymer nanoscale structures and properties. Single-molecule optical detection and spectroscopy has recently emerged as an excellent tool for nanoscale material characterization. Measuring light emitted by individual molecules reveals static and dynamic heterogeneities in polymers, and provides new insight into polymer structure, dynamics and photophysics.
This special issue introduces applications of single-molecule spectroscopy to a wide range of physical phenomena and chemical processes occurring on both synthetic and natural polymers, including chain conformations, monitoring of polymerization reactions, dynamics near glass transition, photophysics of conjugated polymers, optical and electrical properties of DNA and polypeptides. Hopefully, this special issue will reveal the potential of the method and serve as a catalyst for its further spread.
iEditors: VACHA, IJIRO, IYODA, and SHIKATAj
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Commentary
Single Molecule Spectroscopy of Polymers: from Nano to Real Worlds Hiroshi MASUHARA
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COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
Nanoscale Dynamics of 3D Network Formation in Polymeric Materials: Evaluation by Tracking Individual Motions of Guest Dyes Syoji ITO and Hiroshi MIYASAKA

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Structural Conformation and Photophysical Properties of Conjugated Polymer Molecules Satoshi HABUCHI and Martin VACHA

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Learning Glass Transition Using Single-Molecule Fluorescence Spectroscopy Hiroshi UJI-I

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Structural Analysis of an Individual Polymer Chain by Single Molecule Detection Hiroyuki AOKI

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Conformational Change Dynamics of DNA and Protein Studied by Single-Molecule Fluorescence Spectroscopy Jungkweon CHOI and Tetsuro MAJIMA

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COVER STORY:Topics and Products
A Single-Molecule Photoswitch Using Fluorescent Photochromi Molecules Tsuyoshi FUKAMINATO and Masahiro IRIE

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Elucidation of the Primary Events of Cell Signaling Favored by Quantum-Dot Single Molecule Imaging Mitsuru ISHIKAWA and Vasudevanpillai BIJU

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Single-Photon Emission Behavior form Single Conjugated Polymer Chains Sadahiro MASUO

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Single-Molecule Spectroscopy of a Structural Change of a Protein Hiroyuki OIKAWA, Satoru FUJIYOSHI, Takehisa DEWA, Mamoru NANGO, and Michio MATSUSHITA

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Growing Polymers: A Personal Account
Ethos Fosters Serendipity Takayuki KUROKAWA

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Load to Educator Tsuyohiko FUJIGAYA

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Messages: “Work and Life”
A Personal Tale of a Dual Career Couple Machi F. DILWORTH
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Front-Line Polymer Science
Simulation for Dynamics of Polymers Yuichi MASUBUCHI
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Reports from Local Divisions
Report on the 25th Annual Meeting of Chugoku-Shikoku Young Polymer Scientists Eiji IHARA
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Messages from SPSJ
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