Has click chemistry lead to a paradigm shift in polymer material design?

Barner-Kowollik, C. & Inglis, A. J. (2009) Has click chemistry lead to a paradigm shift in polymer material design? Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 210(12).

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Abstract

Has the introduction of the click chemistry concept by Sharpless and colleagues in 2001 lead to a paradigm shift in how we approach the design of macromolecular materials; or is it simply a relatively inconsequential re-branding exercise of already existing and slightly optimized but well-tried and tested reactions as some critics would have it? The current Trend Article analyses the situation by examining a series of select macromolecular research fields to shed light on this question, providing an unambiguous answer: The focusing of polymer chemists through the click concept on what constitutes a powerful modular chemical transformation to generate a specific polymeric material is a defining element in contemporary synthetic polymer chemistry, transcending a specific reaction. Without the introduction of the click philosophy several classes of innovative materials and polymer designs would not have been realized.

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ID Code: 99206
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By :91
Export Date: 5 September 2016
CODEN: MCHPE
Correspondence Address: Barner-Kowollik, C.; Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie, Universiẗat Karlsruhe (TH), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Engesserstr. 18, 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany; email: christopher.barner-kowollik@polymer.uni-karlsruhe.de
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Keywords: Click Chemistry, Material design, Polymer design, Chemical transformations, Current trends, Innovative materials, Paradigm shifts, Polymer designs, Polymer materials, Polymeric material, Re-branding, Research fields, Synthetic polymers, Chemical elements, Design, Macromolecules, Philosophical aspects, Polymers
DOI: 10.1002/macp.200900139
ISSN: 10221352
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2016 04:50
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2016 23:02

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