Themed collection Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers
Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers
Guest editors Anne-Marie Caminade, Deyue Yan and David K. Smith introduce the Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers issue of Chemical Society Reviews
Dendritic nanocarriers based on hyperbranched polymers
The use of hyperbranched polymers as an alternative to perfect dendrimers as nanocarrier systems for drugs, dyes and other guest molecules is covered. Different types of hyperbranched polymers are discussed with regard to aspects like synthesis, functionalisation and encapsulation properties but also their degradation.
The dendrimer paradox – high medical expectations but poor clinical translation
This review was written with the intention to critically evaluate the status of dendrimers as drug carriers and find answers as to why this class of compounds has not translated into the clinic despite 40 years of research.
Hyperbranched polymers: advances from synthesis to applications
This review summarizes the advances in hyperbranched polymers from the viewpoint of structure, click synthesis and functionalization towards their applications in the last decade.
Dendritic glycopolymers based on dendritic polyamine scaffolds: view on their synthetic approaches, characteristics and potential for biomedical applications
The potential of dendritic glycopolymers based on dendritic polyamine scaffolds for biomedical applications is presented and compared with that of the structurally related anti-adhesive dendritic glycoconjugates.
From 1 → 3 dendritic designs to fractal supramacromolecular constructs: understanding the pathway to the Sierpiński gasket
The potential to incorporate dendritic characteristics, such as self-similarity into new fractal-based materials is exemplified in the self-assembly of novel, polyterpyridine-based, building blocks.
The polar side of polyphenylene dendrimers
The site-specific functionalization of poly(phenylene) dendrimers can produce macromolecules with a range of different polarities.
Bioapplications of hyperbranched polymers
The recent research progress in biological and biomedical applications of hyperbranched polymers has been summarized in this review.
Functional hyperbranched polymers with advanced optical, electrical and magnetic properties
This review summarizes the recent progress in functional HBPs and their application in optics, electronics and magnetics, including light-emitting devices, aggregation-induced emission materials, nonlinear optical materials, chemosensors, solar cells, magnetic materials, etc., and provides outlooks for further exploration in the field.
Hyperbranched polyphosphates: synthesis, functionalization and biomedical applications
This review covers the recent development of hyperbranched polyphosphates, including synthesis, functionalization and biomedical applications, that may promote the interdiscipline research among dendritic polymers, functional material, and biomedicine.
Glyconanosynthons as powerful scaffolds and building blocks for the rapid construction of multifaceted, dense and chiral dendrimers
The arsenal of available carbohydrates can be manipulated to provide versatile building blocks toward the syntheses of complex and chiral dendrimers.
Hyperbranched polymer vesicles: from self-assembly, characterization, mechanisms, and properties to applications
This tutorial review summarizes the first 10 years of work on hyperbranched polymer vesicles from syntheses, self-assembly, and properties to applications.
From structure to function via complex supramolecular dendrimer systems
Self-assembly of quasi-equivalent amphiphilic dendrons into secondary and tertiary structures and their self-organization into periodic arrays.
The dendritic effect illustrated with phosphorus dendrimers
The dendritic effect occurs when the properties of a functional group become different when it is linked to a dendrimer.
About this collection
The themed issue of Chemical Society Reviews on dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers has been guest edited by Anne-Marie Caminade, Deyue Yan and David Smith. Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers are hot topics with broad and persistent interest for both academic and industrial researchers due to their unique three-dimensional highly-branched topology, multi-functionality, special chemical and physical properties, and potential applications. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.