|Title||Dynamic covalent polymers|
|Author(s)||Garcia Melo, Fatima; Smulders, Maarten M.J.|
|Source||Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry 54 (2016)22. - ISSN 0887-624X - p. 3551 - 3577.|
Laboratory for Organic Chemistry
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||dynamic covalent chemistry - gels - nanoparticles - polymers - responsive materials - self-healing materials|
This Highlight presents an overview of the rapidly growing field of dynamic covalent polymers. This class of polymers combines intrinsic reversibility with the robustness of covalent bonds, thus enabling formation of mechanically stable, polymer-based materials that are responsive to external stimuli. It will be discussed how the inherent dynamic nature of the dynamic covalent bonds on the molecular level can be translated to the macroscopic level of the polymer, giving access to a range of applications, such as stimuli-responsive or self-healing materials. A primary distinction will be made based on the type of dynamic covalent bond employed, while a secondary distinction will be based on the consideration whether the dynamic covalent bond is used in the main chain of the polymer or whether it is used to allow side chain modification of the polymer. Emphasis will be on the chemistry of the dynamic covalent bonds present in the polymer, in particular in relation to how the specific (dynamic) features of the bond impart functionality to the polymer material, and to the conditions under which this dynamic behavior is manifested.