Macromolecular Symposia

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August 29, 2007

Twinned Special Issues on Branched Polymers

Twinned Special Issues on Branched Polymers

Branched macromolecules with well defined structures are an exciting and rapidly growing field in polymer science. The large variety of novel multiple-branched structures that have become available currently motivates intense studies towards applications in areas as diverse as catalysis, advanced and functional coatings, biomedicine, biomineralization, and pharmacology.

Two special issues in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (guest-edited by Holger Frey) and Macromolecular Bioscience (guest-edited by Nicola Tirelli) illustrate the progress in the field.

They give a broad overview of the state of research on branched macromolecules (dendrimers, hyperbranched, comb or star polymers), focusing on one site on issues of synthetic and physical chemistry, on the other side on interactions and responsiveness.

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