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Molecules 2016, 21(4), 497; doi:10.3390/molecules21040497

Dendrimers and Dendrons as Versatile Building Blocks for the Fabrication of Functional Hydrogels

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Department of Chemistry, Bogazici University, Istanbul 34342, Turkey
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Department of Polymer Engineering, Yalova University, Yalova 77100, Turkey
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Center for Life Sciences and Technologies, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 34342, Turkey
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Academic Editor: Ashok Kakkar
Received: 4 March 2016 / Revised: 9 April 2016 / Accepted: 11 April 2016 / Published: 15 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Functional Dendrimers)

Abstract

Hydrogels have emerged as a versatile class of polymeric materials with a wide range of applications in biomedical sciences. The judicious choice of hydrogel precursors allows one to introduce the necessary attributes to these materials that dictate their performance towards intended applications. Traditionally, hydrogels were fabricated using either polymerization of monomers or through crosslinking of polymers. In recent years, dendrimers and dendrons have been employed as well-defined building blocks in these materials. The multivalent and multifunctional nature of dendritic constructs offers advantages in either formulation or the physical and chemical properties of the obtained hydrogels. This review highlights various approaches utilized for the fabrication of hydrogels using well-defined dendrimers, dendrons and their polymeric conjugates. Examples from recent literature are chosen to illustrate the wide variety of hydrogels that have been designed using dendrimer- and dendron-based building blocks for applications, such as sensing, drug delivery and tissue engineering. View Full-Text
Keywords: dendrimers; dendrons; polymers; hydrogels; click chemistry dendrimers; dendrons; polymers; hydrogels; click chemistry
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Kaga, S.; Arslan, M.; Sanyal, R.; Sanyal, A. Dendrimers and Dendrons as Versatile Building Blocks for the Fabrication of Functional Hydrogels. Molecules 2016, 21, 497.

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