"Clicking" Polymers or Just Efficient Linking: What Is the Difference?

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Barner-Kowollik, C.; Du Prez, F.E.; Espeel, P.; Hawker, C.J.; Junkers, T.; Schlaad, H.; Van Camp, W.;
Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.,
2011
50, 60-62.

The “click” trick: Many reactions are classified as click reactions even though some are limited to certain applications. Thus, there is danger that the term “click” will become meaningless over time and simply a synonym for “successful”. To prevent this, the original click criteria are evaluated in this Essay specifically for the synthetic polymer field and a set of criteria are specified that distinguishes click from other efficient reactions.