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Cyclodextrin-assisted assembly of stimuli-responsive polymers in aqueous media

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Abstract

This review explores the advances in stimuli-responsive polymeric inclusion complexes, comprising of cyclodextrins, in aqueous media. Cyclodextrin complexation allows these polymeric systems to possess tailored physical properties that permit them to form novel supramolecular structures. By including and combining stimuli-responsive characteristics, these special systems can transform into various morphologies when exposed to different kinds of external stimuli. A wide variety of these stimuli-responsive polyrotaxanes and functionalized cyclodextrin polymers that possess interesting supramolecular characteristics are discussed, with specific focus on pH-, temperature-, photo- and redox- sensitive systems. These unusual polymer/cyclodextrin systems provide a basis for many useful applications, such as drug delivery, environmentally friendly coatings, personal home care products, separation processes, food processing, and microelectronics.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2010, accepted on 05 May 2010 and first published on 14 Jun 2010


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00043D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 4613-4630
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    Cyclodextrin-assisted assembly of stimuli-responsive polymers in aqueous media

    F. Yuen and K. C. Tam, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 4613
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00043D

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