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Dendritic architectures based on bis-MPA: functional polymeric scaffolds for application-driven research

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Dendritic polymers are highly branched, globular architectures with multiple representations of functional groups. These nanoscale organic frameworks continue to fascinate researchers worldwide and are today under intensive investigation in application-driven research. A large number of potential application areas have been suggested for dendritic polymers, including theranostics, biosensors, optics, adhesives and coatings. The transition from potential to real applications is strongly dictated by their commercial accessibility, scaffolding ability as well as biocompatibility. A dendritic family that fulfills these requirements is based on the 2,2-bismethylolpropionic acid (bis-MPA) monomer. This critical review is the first of its kind to cover most of the research activities generated on aliphatic polyester dendritic architectures based on bis-MPA. It is apparent that these scaffolds will continue to be in the forefront of cutting-edge research as their structural variations are endless including dendrons, dendrimers, hyperbranched polymers, dendritic-linear hybrids and their hybridization with inorganic surfaces.

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Submitted
15 Mar 2013
First published
30 Apr 2013

This article is Open Access

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 5858-5879
Article type
Review Article

Dendritic architectures based on bis-MPA: functional polymeric scaffolds for application-driven research

A. Carlmark, E. Malmström and M. Malkoch, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 5858
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60101C

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