Dynamic-covalent macromolecular materials
Reversible covalent assemblies are constitutionally dynamic, having the ability to modify their constitution by incorporating or exchanging their components. Thus, after macromolecular dissociation, reconstruction in the presence of a competing equilibrium results in exchange of polymer building blocks to yield an entirely new material. The ability to reshuffle constituents through assembly-disassembly is being employed to induce dramatic topological rearrangements in solution. This research exploits reversible covalent chemistries to prepare adaptive materials and to increase understanding of telechelic polymer self-assembly into dynamic covalent macromolecular systems.