Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics

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January 03, 2013

TREND: Recent Trends in the Chemistry of Shape-Memory Polymers

TREND: Recent Trends in the Chemistry of Shape-Memory Polymers

Konstanze K. Julich-Gruner, Candy Löwenberg, Axel T. Neffe, Marc Behl, Andreas Lendlein*

Shape-memory polymers (SMPs) are stimuli-sensitive materials capable of performing complex movements on demand. This trend article highlights current approaches in the chemistry of SMPs (e.g., tailoring segment chemistry to integrate additional functions). It is illustrated that SMPs can be constructed on the molecular level as a modular system of different building blocks and netpoints.

Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201200607

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