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Xinyuan Zhu, Yongfeng Zhou and Deyue Yan Influence of branching architecture on polymer properties Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 49

Article first published online: 29 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.22320

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The architectures, properties, and potential applications of hyperbranched polymers (HBPs) are highly dependent on their degree of branching (DB). This review summarizes the effect of the DB on the physical and chemical properties of HBPs, including rheological properties, crystallization and melting behaviors, glass transition, thermal and hydrolytic degradations, phase characteristics, lower critical solution temperature phase transitions, optoelectronic properties, encapsulation capability, self-assembly behavior, and biomedical applications. The structure-property relations will build a bridge between the syntheses and applications of highly branched polymers.

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