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Issue 18, 2012
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Stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymeric materials

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Supramolecular materials, dynamic materials by nature, are defined as materials whose components are bridged via reversible connections and undergo spontaneous and continuous assembly/disassembly processes under specific conditions. On account of the dynamic and reversible nature of noncovalent interactions, supramolecular polymers have the ability to adapt to their environment and possess a wide range of intriguing properties, such as degradability, shape-memory, and self-healing, making them unique candidates for supramolecular materials. In this critical review, we address recent developments in supramolecular polymeric materials, which can respond to appropriate external stimuli at the fundamental level due to the existence of noncovalent interactions of the building blocks.

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22 Mar 2012
First published
22 May 2012

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 6042-6065
Article type
Critical Review

Stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymeric materials

X. Yan, F. Wang, B. Zheng and F. Huang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 6042
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35091B

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