Triazole-Based Polymer Gels

  • Hak-Fun ChowEmail author
  • Chui-Man Lo
  • Yuan Chen
Part of the Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry book series (TOPICS, volume 28)


This chapter summarizes the recent progress of the chemistry of triazole-based polymer gels from 2000 to present. Based on the gelation mechanism, the gels are classified into reversible physical and irreversible chemical gels. The design principles of these gel systems were examined, and the various driving forces for gelation, such as hydrogen bonding, π–π stacking interaction, hydrophobic effect, covalent linkage, and metal coordination, were described. Structural factors that affect the swelling ability of such gels and their applications in controlled drug release were revealed. The advantages and drawbacks of using CuAAC chemistry to create such gelating systems, as compared to other conventional synthetic methodologies, were also discussed.


1,2,3-Triazole Click chemistry Controlled release Polymer gels 



We thank the Research Grants Council, HKSAR, for the financial support (Project Number: 400810).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Center of Novel Functional Molecules, and Institute of Molecular Functional Materials, AoE SchemeThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong, SAR
  2. 2.School of Science and TechnologyThe Open University of Hong KongHomantin, KowloonHong Kong, SAR

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