Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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June 09, 2008
Functional Polymers: Construction of Functional Polymers from Acetylenic Triple-Bond Building Blocks
B. Z. Tang
Many research groups have worked on the polymerizations of acetylenic monomers to explore their potential in the creation of functional polymers. A few examples of polymerization reactions for acetylenic monomers with one (monoyne), two (diyne) and three (triyne) triple bonds that furnish acetylenic polymers with novel structures and unique properties are discussed in this essay. Beyond that, Ben Zhong Tang as the guest editor of the Special Article Series called "New Frontiers in Functional Polymers" introduces the goal and the need for this series which will hopefully serve as a stimulus for new research efforts to realize the full potential of acetylenic monomers as a group of versatile building blocks for the construction of new functional polymers for high-technology innovations.
Macromol. Chem. Phys. DOI:10.1002/macp.200800228