The power of thiol-ene chemistry

Authors

  • Matthew J. Kade,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
    2. Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
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  • Daniel J. Burke,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
    2. Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
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  • Craig J. Hawker

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
    2. Department of Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
    3. Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
    • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Abstract

As a tribute to Professor Charlie Hoyle, we take the opportunity to review the impact of thiol-ene chemistry on polymer and materials science over the past 5 years. During this time, a renaissance in thiol-ene chemistry has occurred with recent progress demonstrating its unique advantages when compared with traditional coupling and functionalization strategies. Additionally, the robust nature of thiol-ene chemistry allows for the preparation of well-defined materials with few structural limitations and synthetic requirements. To illustrate these features, the utility of thiol-ene reactions for network formation, polymer functionalization, dendrimer synthesis, and the decoration of three-dimensional objects is discussed. Also, the development of the closely related thiol-yne chemistry is described. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 48: 743–750, 2010

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