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Keywords:

  • maleimide;
  • thiol-ene;
  • click;
  • Diels-Alder;
  • post-polymerization modification

Abstract

This mini-review provides an introduction to the key work in the area of synthesis and post-polymerization functionalization of maleimide-functional polymers. The versatility and utility of the maleimide group in the efficient functionalization of polymers by both ‘thiol-ene’ Michael addition and Diels–Alder cycloaddition chemistries are highlighted. Copyright © 2011 Society of Chemical Industry