Stabilization of the hindered urea bond through de-tert-butylation

Yingfeng Yang, Hanze Ying, Yunchao Jia, Yingying Chen, Jianjun Cheng

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We report the discovery of an acid-assisted de-tert-butylation reaction that can instantly “turn off” the dynamicity of hindered urea bonds (HUBs) and thus broaden their applications. The reaction is demonstrated to be widely applicable to different hindered urea substrates, leading to improved chemical stabilities and mechanical properties of HUB-containing materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3812-3815
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number31
StatePublished - Apr 21 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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