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Diels-Alder Reactions - Application in Polymers and Materials Science

Alfonso Martone

Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials


Stefania Dello Iacono

Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials


Diels-Alder Adducts Anthracene Selective Chemical Functionalization Stereoselectivity Thermo-Reversible Polymers Shape Memory Self-Healing Composites Delamination Self-Healing Coatings Corrosion Biomaterials Drug Delivery

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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.

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Date completed: October 15th 2019

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Alfonso Martone

Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials

Dr. Alfonso Martone graduated in aerospace engineering at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy (2005), where he also received his Ph.D. degree in materials and structures engineering, in 2009. From 2006 to 2010, he worked at CNR-IMCB as a research fellow involved in the national grant ARCA, where an innovative material architecture was developed in order to enhance the passive damping features of advanced composite materials. From 2012-2013 he worked at CNR-IMCB as post-doc and was involved in several EU and national projects within the area of composite characterization and modeling. In 2015 he won the grant “CNR-Short Time Mobility 2015”, he worked in the laboratory of professor Pezzotti at Kyoto Institute of Technology on a research project on shelf healing composites. During this period he acquired experience on Raman piezo-spectroscopy of polymers. He is currently working as a researcher at the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) of the National Research Council (CNR), Italy. His current research interests include the study of carbon nanotube composites, hybrid advanced composites, viscoelasticity of polymers and composites, advanced composites manufacturing and thermos-mechanical characterization, structural health monitoring. His has published more than 20 scientific contributions on international journal and books.

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