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Polymers 2015, 7(4), 695-716; doi:10.3390/polym7040695

Tailoring Confinement: Nano-Carrier Synthesis via Z-RAFT Star Polymerization

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Tammannstr. 6, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Academic Editor: Sébastien Perrier
Received: 19 February 2015 / Revised: 18 March 2015 / Accepted: 2 April 2015 / Published: 10 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Complex Macromolecular Architectures)
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A new pathway to nano-sized hollow-sphere particles from six-arm star polymers with an amphiphilic core-corona structure, synthesized in a four-step-procedure by means of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization is presented, in order to achieve more stable and versatile nano-container systems, which could be applied in the fields of drug delivery or catalyst storage. Star-shaped amphiphilic, diblock copolymers serve as globular platforms for synthesizing uniform hollow structures. By the introduction of monomer units carrying UV-cross-linkable dimethyl maleimido functionalities into the outer sphere of these star polymers, the carrier’s shell could be stabilized under UV-irradiation. After removal of the RAFT-core—constituting the central hub of the star polymer—by aminolysis, the carrier is ready for loading. View Full-Text
Keywords: star polymers; reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT); cross-linking; amphiphilic block copolymers star polymers; reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT); cross-linking; amphiphilic block copolymers

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Förster, N.; Schmidt, S.; Vana, P. Tailoring Confinement: Nano-Carrier Synthesis via Z-RAFT Star Polymerization. Polymers 2015, 7, 695-716.

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