"Degradable Inorganic Polymers. In Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry"
, Wiley Online Libary, New Jersey, 6-2019, ISBN: 9781119951438
Degradable Inorganic Polymers. In Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
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This article provides an insight into the development of inorganic polymers as (bio)degradable materials. A particular focus is placed on recent advancements to prepare stable polymers showing stimuli?responsive degradation, that is which degrade only upon exposure to certain stimuli, with the aim of producing materials, which are stable for their usage lifetime but degrade rapidly thereafter. Firstly, these works are placed in the context of biodegradable polymers in general, as well as state?of?the?art organic polymers showing stimuli?responsive degradation. Degradable polymers is a field which is currently of great importance, both in advanced biomedical applications for which polymeric materials have become indispensable, but also for ever?growing societal and environmental concerns regarding the use of biopersistant polymers. The inclusion of inorganic components into polymers can lead to unique properties and responsiveness compared to traditional carbon?based polymers, as is demonstrated by a number of examples herein including phosphorus and boron?based polymers and metallopolymers, which degrade or depolymerize in response to specific triggers including visible light and oxidation.