New technology simplifies building, repairing and recycling of plastics

29 September 2014

Click’ chemistry has become a valuable tool for many scientific research areas and applications. Combining the modular, covalently bonded nature of click-chemistry linkages with an ability to reverse these linkages and reuse the constituent reactants in another click reaction, however, is a feature that is not found in most click reactions.
Researchers at UGent in Belgium show that triazolinedione compounds can be used in click-chemistry applications. They introduced thermoreversible links into polyurethane and polymethacrylate materials, which allows dynamic polymer-network healing, reshaping and recycling.
An article about the research is published in Nature Chemistry.
Click here for an abstract of the article.
Click here for an article by UGent about the research (in Dutch).

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