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Keywords:

  • hyperbranched polyester;
  • modifications;
  • applications;
  • coatings;
  • crosslinkers;
  • modifiers;
  • toughness;
  • hybrids;
  • drug delivery;
  • membrane;
  • self-assembly

Abstract

Over the past 16 years, hyperbranched polyesters (HBPEs) based on dimethylolpropionic acid have received much attention due to their unique structural characters, their excellent physical and chemical properties as well as their potential applications in coatings, additives, drug delivery, composites, membrane science and supermolecular chemistry. HBPEs have recently become one of the types of commercialized hyperbranched polymers, and their modifications and applications are focuses of research. This paper reviews the developments in the modifications and applications of HBPEs. Copyright © 2010 Society of Chemical Industry