Chinese Journal of Polymer Science

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 1–15 | Cite as

Azide-alkyne click polymerization: An update

  • Hong-kun Li
  • Jing-zhi Sun
  • An-jun Qin (秦安军)Email author
  • Ben Zhong Tang (唐本忠)Email author


The great achievements of click chemistry have encouraged polymer scientists to use this reaction in their field. This review assembles an update of the advances of using azide-alkyne click polymerization to prepare functional polytriazoles (PTAs) with linear and hyperbranched structures. The Cu(I)-mediated click polymerization furnishes 1,4-regioregular PTAs, whereas, the metal-free click polymerization of propiolates and azides produces PTAs with 1,4-regioisomer contents up to 90%. The PTAs display advanced functions, such as aggregation-induced emission, thermal stability, biocompatibility and optical nonlinearity.


Click polymerization Azide Alkyne Polytriazole Functionality 


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© Chinese Chemical Society, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Department of Polymer Science and EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Functional MaterialsThe Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyKowloon, Hong KongChina

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