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Supramolecular shape memory hydrogels: a new bridge between stimuli-responsive polymers and supramolecular chemistry

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Abstract

Supramolecular shape memory hydrogels (SSMHs) refer to shape memory polymers, in which temporary shapes are stabilized by reversible crosslinks such as supramolecular interactions and dynamic covalent bonds. Following a brief introduction of the conventional shape memory polymers (SMPs), this tutorial review is focused to summarize the recent advancement in various reversible crosslinks employed to construct SSMHs (supramolecular interactions and dynamic covalent bonds) and different shape memory behaviors (dual and triple shape memory effects). In addition, current challenges and future perspectives in this field are also discussed to suggest a new developing direction.

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The article was received on 21 Oct 2016 and first published on 31 Jan 2017


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00754F
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017,46, 1284-1294

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    Supramolecular shape memory hydrogels: a new bridge between stimuli-responsive polymers and supramolecular chemistry

    W. Lu, X. Le, J. Zhang, Y. Huang and T. Chen, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, 46, 1284
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00754F

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