Aliphatic polyester polymer stars: synthesis, ...

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Title Aliphatic polyester polymer stars: synthesis, properties and applications in biomedicine and nanotechnology
Author(s) D. J. Cameron, M. P. Shaver
Journal Chemical Society Reviews
Date 2011
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 1761
End page 1776
Abstract A critical review: the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters provides access to an array of biodegradable, bioassimilable and renewable polymeric materials. Building these aliphatic polyester polymers into larger macromolecular frameworks provides further control over polymer characteristics and opens up unique applications. Polymer stars, where multiple arms radiate from a single core molecule, have found particular utility in the areas of drug delivery and nanotechnology. A challenge in this field is in understanding the impact of altering synthetic variables on polymer properties. We review the synthesis and characterization of aliphatic polyester polymer stars, focusing on polymers originating from lactide, epsilon-caprolactone, glycolide, beta-butyrolactone and trimethylene carbonate monomers and their copolymers including coverage of polyester miktoarm star copolymers. These macromolecular materials are further categorized by core molecules, catalysts employed, self-assembly and degradation properties and the resulting fields of application (262 references).
DOI 10.1039/c0cs00091d
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