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Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ABC triblock terpolymers – synthetic complexity vs. application benefits

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Abstract

During the last few decades considerable scientific effort has been devoted to the synthesis, self-assembly, and application of ABC triblock terpolymers with various building blocks. Such materials show high potential in the fields of materials science and life sciences. In particular, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) is a versatile building block and related materials featuring PEO segments are often exploited due to its solubility in a wide range of solvents, its non-toxicity, biocompatibility, and the so called “stealth effect”. This review presents a short summary of possible synthetic routes for the synthesis of PEO-containing triblock terpolymers, as well as different applications in the bulk and in solution – including the preparation of porous materials, hybrid systems, and carriers for controlled drug delivery.

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Submitted
30 Nov 2013
Accepted
07 Jan 2014
First published
08 Jan 2014

Polym. Chem., 2014,5, 2647-2662
Article type
Review Article

Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ABC triblock terpolymers – synthetic complexity vs. application benefits

M. J. Barthel, F. H. Schacher and U. S. Schubert, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 2647
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY01666H

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