Depolymerizable polymers are stimuli-responsive materials triggered to depolymerize rapidly and completely into their constituent monomers on command. Applications include triggerable vehicles for controlled release, restructurable materials, disappearing or sacrificial composites, and lithographic resists. Owing to their widespread utility, significant efforts have aimed to prepare and explore depolymerizable polymers and their corresponding triggers. This Prospective highlights advances since their discovery over a half-century ago, discusses methods in their preparation, and presents recent developments in triggered depolymerization. It also surveys applications that harness these polymers' unique properties, while offering insights into research directions that may contribute to progress in this dynamic field.
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- Materials Science(all)