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Polymers 2012, 4(1), 355-395; doi:10.3390/polym4010355

Dendronization: A Useful Synthetic Strategy to Prepare Multifunctional Materials

Received: 31 October 2011 / Revised: 21 January 2012 / Accepted: 29 January 2012 / Published: 2 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers)
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Dendronization is a synthetic methodology that offers important advantages. The resulting products, which are called dendronized materials, present new and specific properties. This review shows numerous examples in which individual dendrons are used as building blocks to prepare more complex arrays via covalent or non-covalent interactions. In particular, it points out how the structural information programmed into the dendritic architecture can be used in the dendronization process to generate nanostructures with specific tailored properties. We emphasize the use of different dendrons, with diverse chemical structure and size, to functionalize diverse substrates like linear polymers, and plane and curved inorganic surfaces. Apart from this, the review also demonstrates that self-assembly represents an ideal approach to create well-defined hyperbranched surfaces and it includes some discussion about the ability of both organic and inorganic building blocks to direct this process.
Keywords: dendron; dendronization; dendronized polymers; dendritic/inorganic nanostructures dendron; dendronization; dendronized polymers; dendritic/inorganic nanostructures
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Paez, J.I.; Martinelli, M.; Brunetti, V.; Strumia, M.C. Dendronization: A Useful Synthetic Strategy to Prepare Multifunctional Materials. Polymers 2012, 4, 355-395.

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