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Applications of supramolecular polymer networks

O'Donnell, A. D., Salimi, S., Hart, L. R., Babra, T. S., Greenland, B. W. and Hayes, W. ORCID: (2022) Applications of supramolecular polymer networks. Reactive and Functional Polymers, 172. 105209. ISSN 1381-5148

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2022.105209


This perspectives article reviews selected key examples from the field of supramolecular polymer chemistry with the specific focus on the use of the dynamic properties that these materials possess in real-world applications. The scope of application for these fascinating materials, typically networks held in place by numerous weak, non-covalent bonds, has proven to be extremely diverse – significant effort in the past twenty years has enabled supramolecular polymers to now be found in developmental adhesives, batteries, anti-fouling coatings, healable barriers and regenerative medicines. Indeed, in recognition of the potential of these polymer chemistries, spin-out companies have been formed to exploit the commercial space that exists for materials with dynamic and reversible characteristics. The latter attribute is desirable in manufacturing materials and devices that can be recycled and reused.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:103077


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