Hot Paper: Facile routes to star polymers via an organocatalytic approach

Organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization using multifunctional dendritic and polysaccharide initiators offers a simple method for creating uniform biodegradable or biocompatible star polymers.

Developed by James Hedrick and co-workers in the USA and Singapore, the method can generate homo and block star polymers with a specified average molecular weight and narrow polydispersity. The team say that the method’s ability to create of uniform materials could be useful for developing designer delivery systems.

Daniel J. Coady, Amanda C. Engler, Yi Yan Yang and James L. Hedrick, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 2619-2626

Graphical abstract: Facile routes to star polymers via an organocatalytic approach

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