Synfacts 2009(4): 0383-0383  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1087844
Synthesis of Materials and Unnatural Products
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Radical Approach to Cross-Linking

Contributor(s): Timothy M. Swager
T. Iwamura*, M. Sakaguchi
University of Shizuoka, Japan
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Publication Date:
23 March 2009 (online)


Polymers that display a settable and erasable memory state have potential applications. Examples include imprinted networks and reformable casts. There are limited methods to create materials wherein the reversible cross-linking mechanism involves forming chemical bonds. This scheme is based on cross-linking reactions between 2,4,5-triarylimidazole radicals that are formed by oxidation.