Base-catalyzed reaction between a thiol and an epoxide group is a simple fusion process that leads to the formation of a β-hydroxythio-ether linkage. This reaction is efficient, regio-selective, and fast. In addition, it produces a reactive hydroxyl group upon completion. Therefore, it is of considerable potential in synthesis of reactive and functional soft materials. Here, we discuss the fundamental aspects of this process, the so-called thiol-epoxy “click” reaction, and its utility in the preparation and post-polymerization functionalization of polymers and crosslinked networks. Furthermore, its application in surface modification of solid substrates is also considered. Finally, utility of multifunctional materials created using the thiol-epoxy reaction is discussed in the biomedical arena.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Oct 1|
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- click chemistry
- functionalization of polymers
- sequential reactions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Polymers and Plastics
- Organic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry