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Polysaccharide-containing block copolymers: synthesis and applications

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Abstract

Polysaccharide-based block copolymers have been studied since the early 1960s and command growing interest due to the increasing importance of sustainable materials. Polysaccharides are renewable, often biodegradable, generally nontoxic, and offer wide structural variety, yielding remarkably diverse materials that provide a wide range of properties and applications. Block copolymers containing one or more polysaccharide blocks and one or more synthetic blocks can be synthesized using a variety of methods, either through direct coupling or chain extension approaches. Here we review current synthetic methods for the preparation of polysaccharide-containing block copolymers. We also discuss established and emerging applications of this class of block copolymers, such as their use as drug delivery vehicles, hydrogels for localized drug delivery, and surfactants/interfacial agents for stabilizing interfaces, including those in polysaccharide/synthetic polymer blends.

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Submitted
25 Jul 2019
Accepted
07 Oct 2019
First published
18 Oct 2019

Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 99-112
Article type
Review Article

Polysaccharide-containing block copolymers: synthesis and applications

A. S. Volokhova, K. J. Edgar and J. B. Matson, Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, 4, 99
DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00481E

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