Polymer-Based Stimuli-Responsive Recyclable Catalytic Systems for Organic Synthesis

Authors

  • Jingli Zhang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China
    2. School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China
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  • Mingxi Zhang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China
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  • Kangjian Tang,

    1. Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology, SINOPEC, Shanghai 201208, PR China
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  • Francis Verpoort,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China
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  • Taolei Sun

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China
    2. Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China
    • State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, PR China.

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Abstract

The introduction of stimuli-responsive polymers into the study of organic catalysis leads to the generation of a new kind of polymer-based stimuli-responsive recyclable catalytic system. Owing to their reversible switching properties in response to external stimuli, these systems are capable of improving the mass transports of reactants/products in aqueous solution, modulating the chemical reaction rates, and switching the catalytic process on and off. Furthermore, their stimuli-responsive properties facilitate the separation and recovery of the active catalysts from the reaction mixtures. As a fascinating approach of the controllable catalysis, these stimuli-responsive catalytic systems including thermoresponsive, pH-responsive, chemo-mechano-chemical, ionic strength-responsive, and dual-responsive, are reviewed in terms of their nanoreactors and mechanisms.

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