Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers.


Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers are hot topics which have attracted broad and persistent interest from both academic and industrial researchers due to their unique three-dimensional highly-branched topologies, multi-functionalities, special chemical and physical properties, and potential applications as catalysts, as materials, and for biology. This themed issue of Chemical Society Reviews on dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers displays selected and up-to-date reviews on hot topics. By no means is this themed issue a comprehensive account of all research carried out on dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers, but the reviews it contains are written by many of the most prominent authors in the field. We believe that researchers new to the area, as well as others actively engaged in this field, will find broad interest in this issue. Despite their architectural resemblance at first glance, dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers are inherently different from each other in their topological structures. A dendrimer consists of two types of structural units: terminal units on the globular surface and dendritic units inside. As such, dendrimers are well defined in structure. On the other hand, a hyperbranched polymer has three types of structural units: dendritic units, linear a CNRS, LCC (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination), 205 route de Narbonne, BP 44099, F-31077 Toulouse Cedex 4, France. E-mail: b Université de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, F-31077 Toulouse Cedex 4, France c School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai, China. E-mail: d Department of Chemistry, University of York, HeslingtonYork, YO10 5DD, UK. E-mail:

DOI: 10.1039/c5cs90049b

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@article{Caminade2015DendrimersAH, title={Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers.}, author={Anne-Marie Caminade and Deyue Yan and David Keith Smith}, journal={Chemical Society reviews}, year={2015}, volume={44 12}, pages={3870-3} }