POLYMERS@Vol.60@No.4
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COVER STORY
Polymer Dynamics Research: Present and Perspective
Polymer physics is a fundamental, important scientific field consisting of two parts: structural research and molecular dynamics investigation of polymeric materials, which both have always been supplemental partners to each other. Polymer physics has been making great efforts to understand essential mechanisms for outstanding (and sometimes quite curious) physical properties of polymeric materials. In this special issue, we focus on polymer dynamics investigations that study molecular motions of polymer molecules observed in enormously wide ranges of time and space evoked by their huge molecular sizes. Some outstanding researchers in this field present their concepts with actual hot topics, and other researchers introduce great technical achievements for dynamic investigations of polymers using new and powerful irradiation sources, such as coherent X-ray beams generated in SPring-8 and strong neutron beams by a high intensity proton accelerator in J-PARC.
iEditors: SHIKATA, KIMATA, SAKURAI, and K. TANAKAj
Hot Topics
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Commentary
Outline of the Research Current of Polymer Dynamics, and to the Future Hideharu USHIKI
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COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
Glass Transition and Aging Dynamics in Thin Polymer Films Investigated by Dielectric Measurements Koji FUKAO

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Study of Dynamics Using X-Ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy Yuya SHINOHARA

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Studies on Dynamics in Polysaccharide Solution Using NMR Shingo MATSUKAWA

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Theory and Simulation of Dynamics of Associating Polymers Tsuyoshi KOGA and Fumihiko TANAKA

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Glossary for Highlight Reviews
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COVER STORY:Topics and Products
Detection of Inter-Polymer Association by Rheological Measurements Osamu URAKAWA

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Dynamics of Soft Matter Studied by Neutron Spin Echo Technique Hitoshi ENDO

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Dynamics of Biomolecules Studied by Neutron Inelastic Scattering Hiroshi NAKAGAWA and Mikio KATAOKA

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ESR Spin-Label Study on Polymer Dynamics Yohei MIWA and Katsuhiro YAMAMOTO

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Molecular Theory of Rheology of Entangled Polymers Takashi UNEYAMA

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Growing Polymers: A Personal Account
Explore a Treasure of Research Kenji NAKAMURA

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From Understanding of Life Phenomenon to the Creation of New Polymer Hisao MATSUNO

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Messages: “Work and Life”
Human Evolution and Gender Equality Makoto TAKAGI
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Front-Line Polymer Science
Gene Modification Using Super Restriction Enzyme Jun SUMAOKA, Narumi SHIGI, and Makoto KOMIYAMA
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International Year of Chemistry
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Messages from SPSJ
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