Dynamic covalent bond-based materials: From construction to biomedical applications

Banruo Xianyu and Huaping Xu*

Supramolecular Materials; 2024, 3, 100070

Dynamic covalent bonds (DCBs) have received significant interest due to their unique reversibility and stimuli-responsiveness. The introduction of DCBs provides materials with self-healing and controllable load and release properties, which result in the emergence of widespread applications in biomedical disciplines. In this minireview, we first introduce the chemistry nature and reaction characteristics of different types of DCBs followed by discussing the design strategies of DCB materials. Finally, we summarize the latest progress about the biomedical applications, including drug delivery, enzyme regulation, molecule recognition and detection, wound healing, biosensing and cell culture, and propose some challenges in the future development of DCB biomaterials.