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New methodologies in the construction of dendritic materials

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Dendritic polymers are highly branched polymer structures, with complex, secondary architectures and well-defined spatial location of functional groups. Due to their unique physical and chemical features, applications in areas such as targeted drug-delivery, macromolecular carriers, catalysis, sensors, light harvesting, surface engineering and biomimetic materials have been proposed. However, only a few dendritic materials have been exploited commercially due to time consuming syntheses and the generation of significant waste/presence of unreacted starting materials. This tutorial review describes traditional synthesis of dendritic materials as well as recent advances in synthetic strategies, for example the use of Click chemistry, as a tool to efficiently obtain complex, functional dendritic structures.

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07 Jul 2008
First published
25 Nov 2008

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38, 352-362
Article type
Tutorial Review

New methodologies in the construction of dendritic materials

A. Carlmark, C. Hawker, A. Hult and M. Malkoch, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 352
DOI: 10.1039/B711745K

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