Macromolecular engineering through click chemistry and other efficient transformations

Brent Sumerlin, Andrew Vogt

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    Precision synthesis of advanced polymeric materials requires efficient, robust, and facile chemical reactions. Paradoxically, the synthesis of increasingly intricate macromolecular structures generally benefits from exploitation of the simplest reactions available. This idea, combined with requirements of high efficiency, orthogonality, and simplified purification procedures, has led to the rapid adoption of "click chemistry" strategies in the field of macromolecular engineering. This Perspective provides context as to why these newly developed or recently reinvigorated reactions have been so readily embraced for the preparation of polymers with advanced macromolecular topologies, increased functionality, and unique properties. By highlighting important examples that rely on click chemistry techniques, including copper(I)-catalyzed and strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloadditions, Diels - Alder cycloadditions, and thiol - ene reactions, among others, we hope to provide a succinct overview of the current state of the art and future impact these strategies will have on polymer chemistry and macromolecular engineering.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-13
    Number of pages13
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2010


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