Complex macromolecular architecture design via cyclodextrin host/guest complexes

Schmidt, B. V.K.J. , Hetzer, M., Ritter, H. and Barner-Kowollik, C. (2014) Complex macromolecular architecture design via cyclodextrin host/guest complexes. Progress in Polymer Science, 39(1), pp. 235-249. (doi: 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2013.09.006)

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The design of complex macromolecular architectures has driven macromolecular engineering over the past decades. The introduction of supramolecular chemistry into polymer chemistry provides novel opportunities for the generation of macromolecular architecture with specific functions. Cyclodextrins are attractive design elements as they form supramolecular inclusion complexes with hydrophobic guest molecules in aqueous solution affording the possibility to combine a large variety of building blocks to form novel macromolecular architectures. In the present critical review, the design of a broad range of macromolecular architectures driven by cyclodextrin host/guest chemistry is discussed, including supramolecular block copolymers, polymer brushes, star and branched polymers.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schmidt, Dr Bernhard
Authors: Schmidt, B. V.K.J., Hetzer, M., Ritter, H., and Barner-Kowollik, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Progress in Polymer Science
ISSN (Online):1873-1619
Published Online:26 September 2013

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