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Chem Soc Rev. 2009 Feb;38(2):352-62. doi: 10.1039/b711745k. Epub 2008 Nov 25.

New methodologies in the construction of dendritic materials.

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Fibre and Polymer Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 56, SE-100 44, Stockholm, Sweden.


Dendritic polymers are highly branched polymer structures, with complex, secondary architectures and well-defined spatial location of functional groups. Due to their unique physical and chemical features, applications in areas such as targeted drug-delivery, macromolecular carriers, catalysis, sensors, light harvesting, surface engineering and biomimetic materials have been proposed. However, only a few dendritic materials have been exploited commercially due to time consuming syntheses and the generation of significant waste/presence of unreacted starting materials. This tutorial review describes traditional synthesis of dendritic materials as well as recent advances in synthetic strategies, for example the use of Click chemistry, as a tool to efficiently obtain complex, functional dendritic structures.

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