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Dendritic gels - Many arms make light work

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JournalAdvanced Materials
DatePublished - 17 Oct 2006
Issue number20
Volume18
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)2773-2778
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Dendrimers and dendrons are a unique class of molecular-scale building blocks for the construction of nanostructured materials. This article provides an accessible overview of the ways in which the unique architectural feature of molecular-scale branching can endow gel-phase materials with tunability and a high density of functionality. This makes these structures ideal for the construction of multiply crosslinked covalent gels, and also for the self-assembly of multiply bound non-covalent (supramolecular) gels. The unique properties and potential applications of these types of material are discussed.

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  • CONTROLLABLE NANOMATERIALS, PEPTIDIC DENDRIMERS, BUILDING-BLOCKS, ONE-COMPONENT, MOLECULES, CHEMISTRY, POLYMERS, GELATORS, ETHERS

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