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Schiff's base as a stimuli-responsive linker in polymer chemistry

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Abstract

Schiff-base reactions are widely used in the field of chemistry. With many advantages, such as mild reaction conditions and high reaction rates, they were employed for protecting various functional groups and synthesizing a series of organic ligands. In polymer chemistry, they can serve as potential pH-responsive linkers in polymer chains because of their sensitive responses to changes in the pH value. With certain particular designs, the Schiff-base structure can cooperate with other reversible covalent bonds or supra-molecular interactions to form assemblies or gels, providing various functions and applications. This article aims to give a critical review of the recent literature on the Schiff-base reactions used in polymer chemistry and how they serve as a way of linking structures together. We will also cover some of the important developments on the functions and applications of these polymers.

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The article was received on 01 May 2012, accepted on 27 Jun 2012 and first published on 28 Jun 2012


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20290E
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 3045-3055
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    Schiff's base as a stimuli-responsive linker in polymer chemistry

    Y. Xin and J. Yuan, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 3045
    DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20290E

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