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    Geminal (gem−) disubstitution in heterocyclic monomers is an effective strategy to enhance polymer chemical recyclability by lowering their ceiling temperatures. However, the effects of specific substitution patterns on the monomer's reactivity and the resulting polymer's properties are largely unexplored. Here we show that, by systematically installinggem‐dimethyl groups onto ϵ‐caprolactam (monomer of nylon 6) from the α to ϵ positions, both the redesigned lactam monomer's reactivity and the resultinggem‐nylon 6’s properties are highly sensitive to the substitution position, with the monomers ranging from non‐polymerizable to polymerizable and thegem‐nylon properties ranging from inferior to far superior to the parent nylon 6. Remarkably, the nylon 6 with thegem‐dimethyls substituted at the γ position is amorphous and optically transparent, with a higherTg(by 30 °C), yield stress (by 1.5 MPa), ductility (by 3×), and lower depolymerization temperature (by 60 °C) than conventional nylon 6.

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    A highly chemoselective as well as enantioselective fluorescent probe has been discovered for the recognition of the acidic amino acids, including glutamic acid and aspartic acid. This study has established a novel amino acid recognition mechanism by an aldehyde-based fluorescent probe. 
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