The dawn of polymer chemistry based on multicomponent reactions


This focus review documents the developments in polymer synthesis that involve multicomponent reactions (MCRs) and related sequential reaction systems. Postpolymerization modification and step-growth polymerization reactions based on MCRs and sequential reactions such as the Kabachnik–Fields three-component reaction (KF-3CR) are described.

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The author is deeply indebted to Prof. Patrick Theato (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Prof. Katsuhiro Maeda (Kanazawa University) for their generous support. The author gratefully acknowledges the Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER) and a JSPS Research Fellowship for Research Abroad for financial support.

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Kakuchi, R. The dawn of polymer chemistry based on multicomponent reactions. Polym J 51, 945–953 (2019).

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