Applications of Dynamic Covalent Bonds in Chemical Reaction Networks

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Nature has inspired countless researchers in their quest to understand the phenomena we observe and utilise their findings to develop new technologies. This becomes especially apparent in systems chemistry, which heavily draws inspiration from natural systems in its pursuit for the understanding and development of chemical reaction networks (CRNs) with interesting properties. Today, CRNs play a big role in many sensors, amplification systems, transient materials, and more. Despite major advances in the field of CRNs, there is still a need for additional robust, versatile chemistries to allow for more diverse applications, both within systems chemistry and in other fields beyond, such as material science. This thesis aims to explore new applications of Dynamic Covalent Chemistry (DCvC)—typically utilised to make self-healing materials—in CRNs to allow for new applications drawing from the versatile chemistry used in DCv systems.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Eelkema, R., Supervisor
  • van Esch, J.H., Supervisor
Award date8 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 2024


Funding was received from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 812868.


  • Chemistry
  • dynamic covalent chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Self-healing material
  • Chemical reaction network


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