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Polymers 2018, 10(7), 758; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10070758

Biodegradable Polymeric Architectures via Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerizations

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College of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute for Graphene Applied Technology Innovation, Collaborative Innovation Centre for Marine Biomass Fibers, Materials and Textiles of Shandong Province, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China
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College of Materials Science and Engineering, Linyi University, Linyi 276000, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 2 July 2018 / Accepted: 6 July 2018 / Published: 9 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Precision Polymer Synthesis)
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Abstract

Reversible deactivation radical polymerizations (RDRPs) have proven to be the convenient tools for the preparation of polymeric architectures and nanostructured materials. When biodegradability is conferred to these materials, many biomedical applications can be envisioned. In this review, we discuss the synthesis and applications of biodegradable polymeric architectures using different RDRPs. These biodegradable polymeric structures can be designed as well-defined star-shaped, cross-linked or hyperbranched via smartly designing the chain transfer agents and/or post-polymerization modifications. These polymers can also be exploited to fabricate micelles, vesicles and capsules via either self-assembly or cross-linking methodologies. Nanogels and hydrogels can also be prepared via RDRPs and their applications in biomedical science are also discussed. In addition to the synthetic polymers, varied natural precursors such as cellulose and biomolecules can also be employed to prepare biodegradable polymeric architectures. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodegradable; polymeric structures; reversible deactivation radical polymerizations biodegradable; polymeric structures; reversible deactivation radical polymerizations
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Quan, F.; Zhang, A.; Cheng, F.; Cui, L.; Liu, J.; Xia, Y. Biodegradable Polymeric Architectures via Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerizations. Polymers 2018, 10, 758.

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