Recent Advances in Dual Temperature Responsive Block Copolymers and Their Potential as Biomedical Applications
AbstractThe development of stimuli responsive polymers has progressed significantly with novel preparation techniques, which has allowed access to new materials with unique properties. Dual thermoresponsive (double temperature responsive) block copolymers are particularly of interest as their properties can change depending on the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) or upper critical solution temperature (UCST) of each segment. For instance, these block copolymers can change from being hydrophilic, to amphiphilic or to hydrophobic simply by changing the solution temperature without any additional chemicals and the block copolymers can change from being fully solubilized to self-assembled structures to macroscopic aggregation/precipitation. Based on the unique solution properties, these dual thermo-responsive block copolymers are expected to be suitable for biomedical applications. This review is divided into three parts; LCST-LCST types of block copolymers, UCST-LCST types of block copolymers, and their potential as biomedical applications. View Full-Text
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Kotsuchibashi, Y.; Ebara, M.; Aoyagi, T.; Narain, R. Recent Advances in Dual Temperature Responsive Block Copolymers and Their Potential as Biomedical Applications. Polymers 2016, 8, 380.
Kotsuchibashi Y, Ebara M, Aoyagi T, Narain R. Recent Advances in Dual Temperature Responsive Block Copolymers and Their Potential as Biomedical Applications. Polymers. 2016; 8(11):380.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kotsuchibashi, Yohei; Ebara, Mitsuhiro; Aoyagi, Takao; Narain, Ravin. 2016. "Recent Advances in Dual Temperature Responsive Block Copolymers and Their Potential as Biomedical Applications." Polymers 8, no. 11: 380.
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