Amphiphilic carbosilane dendrons as a novel synthetic platform toward micelle formation†
A novel family of amphiphilic ionic carbosilane dendrons containing fatty acids at the focal point were synthesized and characterized. They spontaneously self-assembled in aqueous solution into micelles both in the absence and presence of salt, as confirmed by surface tension, conductivity, and DLS measurements. Dendron based micelles have spherical shapes and increase in size on decreasing dendron generation. These dendritic micelles have been demonstrated to be able to form complexes with therapeutic macromolecules such as siRNA and show a high loading capacity for drugs such as procaine, suggesting their potential use as nanocarriers for therapeutics.