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Issue 1, 2014
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Multi-stimuli responsive polymers – the all-in-one talents

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Stimuli-responsive polymers have gained increasing attention, which is attributed to the manifold applications they can be used for. Several years' intensive research was invested in stimuli-responsive polymers. Their stimuli-responsiveness led not only to novel responsive groups, which enabled the translation of an external physical impact into a change of a material property, but also to polymers that are equipped with more than one responsive group. The integration of several responsive moieties within one polymer yields smart polymers exhibiting complex responsive behaviour of the polymers. This review summarises recent developments in the area of multi-stimuli responsive polymers, laying the focus on the improved, multifaceted response of polymer materials depending on the impact of several external stimuli.

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The article was received on 04 Jul 2013, accepted on 02 Aug 2013 and first published on 07 Aug 2013

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00880K
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2014,5, 25-36

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    Multi-stimuli responsive polymers – the all-in-one talents

    P. Schattling, F. D. Jochum and P. Theato, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 25
    DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00880K

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