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Issue 9, 2011
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Overcoming the PEG-addiction: well-defined alternatives to PEG, from structure–property relationships to better defined therapeutics

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Abstract

Synthetic methods in polymer chemistry have evolved tremendously during the last decade. Nowadays more and more attention is devoted to the application of those tools in the development of the next generation of nanomedicines. Nevertheless, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) remains the most frequently used polymer for biomedical applications. In this review, we try to summarize recent efforts and developments in controlled polymerisation techniques that may allow alternatives to PEG based systems and can be used to improve the properties of future polymer therapeutics.

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Submitted
15 Dec 2010
Accepted
15 Feb 2011
First published
28 Mar 2011

Polym. Chem., 2011,2, 1900-1918
Article type
Review Article

Overcoming the PEG-addiction: well-defined alternatives to PEG, from structure–property relationships to better defined therapeutics

M. Barz, R. Luxenhofer, R. Zentel and M. J. Vicent, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 1900
DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00406E

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