Dendrimers: a new class of nanoscopic containers and delivery devices
Aulenta, F., Hayes, W. and Rannard, S. (2003) Dendrimers: a new class of nanoscopic containers and delivery devices. European Polymer Journal, 39 (9). pp. 1741-1771. ISSN 0014-3057
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/s0014-3057(03)00100-9
Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers are a relatively new class of materials with unique molecular architectures and dimensions in comparison to traditional linear polymers. This review details recent notable advances in the application of these new polymers in terms of the development of new polymeric delivery systems. Although comparatively young, the developing field of hyperbranched drug delivery devices is a rapidly maturing area and the key discoveries in drug-conjugate systems amongst others are highlighted. As a consequence of their ideal hyperbranched architectures, the utilisation of host-guest chemistries in dendrimers has been included within the scope of this review. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.