About the book
The Diels-Alder reaction aroused as one of the most important reactions due to its high tolerance to different functional groups and its stereoselectivity gathering large application in many fields. The Diels-Alder (DA) reaction generally involves the coupling of a “diene” with a “dienophile” which could allow the reverse reaction when exposed to the appropriate temperatures. The application in polymers and generally in material science is receiving great attention for the synthesis of the next generation of smart materials.
The incorporation into the polymer backbone of functionalities, able to combine in reversible bonds, enables manipulation of network connectivity. Molecular design with a high concentration of D-A functionalities in small monomer units can allow behavior analogous to melting, molding, and dissolution through depolymerization to low molecular weight species. Polymers that contain reversible bonds will enable stimulus-responsive materials that display innovative features such as shape memory, crack healing, and stress relief.
The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive outlook on the application of Diels-Alder reaction for the synthesis of thermo-reversible polymers and their application in material science.