A new issue of Colloid and Polymer Science (volume 291, issue 1) hit the newsstands this week, and this issue is noteworthy for its focus on Functional Polymeric Microspheres. The issue was guest-edited by Haruma Kawaguchi and Masayoshi Okubo, and they did a great job of getting people from a wide span of areas to contribute. I will also note that our group contributed, with Jeff and group alumnus Toni co-authoring “Hydrolytically degradable shells on thermoresponsive microgels”.  In this paper, we describe how core swelling restriction/compression can be modulated by controlled degradation of cross-links in the polymer shell. A variety of tools were employed to better understand these particles, including dynamic light scattering, asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation–multiangle light scattering, and atomic force microscopy. Congrats to Jeff and Toni for some very nice work.  Happy reading…

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