Using the dynamic bond to access macroscopically responsive structurally dynamic polymers

Rudy J. Wojtecki, Michael A. Meador, Stuart J. Rowan

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

1276 Citations (Scopus)


New materials that have the ability to reversibly adapt to their environment and possess a wide range of responses ranging from self-healing to mechanical work are continually emerging. These adaptive systems have the potential to revolutionize technologies such as sensors and actuators, as well as numerous biomedical applications. We will describe the emergence of a new trend in the design of adaptive materials that involves the use of reversible chemistry (both non-covalent and covalent) to programme a response that originates at the most fundamental (molecular) level. Materials that make use of this approach - structurally dynamic polymers - produce macroscopic responses from a change in the material's molecular architecture (that is, the rearrangement or reorganization of the polymer components, or polymeric aggregates). This design approach requires careful selection of the reversible/dynamic bond used in the construction of the material to control its environmental responsiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-27
Number of pages14
JournalNature Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Using the dynamic bond to access macroscopically responsive structurally dynamic polymers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this