Stimuli-responsive polymers


Fanny Coumes, Jutta Rieger, François Stoffelbach

Stimuli-responsive polymers are capable of undergoing rapid, reversible physical or chemical changes in response to slight variations in the conditions of their local environment. These changes can be triggered by variations in temperature or pH. This type of material can be used in a wide variety of applications in many fields (e.g. : stimulable coatings).

Over the last decades, water-soluble thermosensitive polymers, presenting an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in water have been the subject of extensive research in polymer science because they can be used for various applications, especially in the biomedical field.

In the group, we are interested in the synthesis of new (co)polymers presenting UCST-type properties, such as polymers derived from cyanoalkylacrylamide monomers and the subsequent formation of thermoresponsive nanoparticles thanks to the PISA technique.


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