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Temperature- and light-responsive smart polymer materials

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Stimuli-responsive polymers have been attracting great interest within the scientific community for several decades. The unique feature to respond to small changes in the environmental conditions has made this class of materials very promising for several applications in the field of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanomedicine. So far, several different chemical, physical or biochemical stimuli have been investigated within natural or synthetic polymers. Very interesting and appealing seems to be the combination of several stimuli to tune the properties of these materials in manifold ways. Within this present review, we want to highlight the recent progress in the field of synthetic stimuli-responsive polymers combining temperature and light responsiveness.

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29 May 2012
First published
07 Aug 2012

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 7468-7483
Article type
Critical Review

Temperature- and light-responsive smart polymer materials

F. D. Jochum and P. Theato, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 7468
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35191A

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