Dendritic Gels—Many Arms Make Light Work


  • This work was supported by EPSRC (EP/C520750/1).


Dendrimers and dendrons are a unique class of molecular-scale building blocks for the construction of nanostructured materials. This article provides an accessible overview of the ways in which the unique architectural feature of molecular-scale branching can endow gel-phase materials with tunability and a high density of functionality. This makes these structures ideal for the construction of multiply crosslinked covalent gels, and also for the self-assembly of multiply bound non-covalent (supramolecular) gels. The unique properties and potential applications of these types of material are discussed.