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Supramolecular Dendrimer Chemistry

Soft Matter

  1. Monica Soler1,
  2. George R. Newkome2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc138

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

Soler, M. and Newkome, G. R. 2012. Supramolecular Dendrimer Chemistry. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

  2. 2

    The University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012


The field of dendrimers and dendrons has grown over the past one score and five years in both academic and industrial areas, becoming an interdisciplinary field between chemistry, physics, and medicine, leading specifically to nanoscience, and inspiring chemists to develop new materials and to explore their imbedded technological applications. Dendrimers are well-defined highly branched three-dimensional macromolecules with nanoscale scope and globular hollow structures with increased generation. One reason for their rapid growth is due to their precise structures and prearranged physical and functional properties such as the ability to encapsulate guests as well as polyfunctional surface constructs, control over structural unit positioning during synthesis, solubility, ease of construction, and limitless structural modifications. Owing to their macromolecular distinctiveness, this short overview will introduce the general properties of dendrimers and dendrons, with specific focus on their structure and host–guest chemistry where molecular recognition may occur within the interior of the dendrimer or at its surface, as well as consider their interactions between themselves or with other nano-objects.


  • host–guest;
  • unimolecular micelle;
  • dendrimers;
  • dendrons;
  • dendritic structures