Multi-stimuli responsive polymers – the all-in-one talents
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.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry: 5 years on