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Elisha Krieg and Dr. Boris Rybtchinski Noncovalent Water-Based Materials: Robust yet Adaptive Chemistry - A European Journal 17

Version of Record online: 1 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.201100809

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Better than covalent? Noncovalent materials formed by reversible self-assembly are more adaptive than covalent ones. This adaptivity facilitates easy processing, recycling, self-healing, and stimuli-responsiveness. While noncovalent interactions are generally considered weak, strong hydrophobic interactions in water can be exploited to create noncovalent materials that are unusually stable, thus allowing practical use in real-life applications.

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