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Chem Soc Rev. 2012 Sep 21;41(18):6042-65. doi: 10.1039/c2cs35091b. Epub 2012 May 22.

Stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymeric materials.

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Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, PR China.


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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