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Polymers 2011, 3(4), 1607-1651; doi:10.3390/polym3041607

Polysaccharides: The “Click” Chemistry Impact

1 Laboratoire de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, EA1069, 123 Avenue Albert Thomas, 87060 Limoges, France 2 Centre de recherche sur les matériaux lignocellulosiques, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351 boul. des Forges, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivières (QC) G9A 5H7, France 3 Laboratoire Science des Procédés Céramiques et de Traitements de Surface - UMR CNRS 6638 12 Rue Atlantis, F-87068, Limoges, France
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Received: 30 June 2011 / Revised: 23 August 2011 / Accepted: 9 September 2011 / Published: 27 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Click Chemistry in Polymer Science)


Polysaccharides are complex but essential compounds utilized in many areas such as biomaterials, drug delivery, cosmetics, food chemistry or renewable energy. Modifications and functionalizations of such polymers are often necessary to achieve molecular structures of interest. In this area, the emergence of the “click” chemistry concept, and particularly the copper-catalyzed version of the Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between terminal acetylenes and azides, had an impact on the polysaccharides chemistry. The present review summarizes the contribution of “click” chemistry in the world of polysaccharides.
Keywords: polysaccharides; “click” chemistry; 1;3-dipolar cycloaddition; azide; alkyne; triazole; catalysis polysaccharides; “click” chemistry; 1; 3-dipolar cycloaddition; azide; alkyne; triazole; catalysis
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Elchinger, P.-H.; Faugeras, P.-A.; Boëns, B.; Brouillette, F.; Montplaisir, D.; Zerrouki, R.; Lucas, R. Polysaccharides: The “Click” Chemistry Impact. Polymers 2011, 3, 1607-1651.

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