Unimolecular amphiphilic nanocontainers based on dendronized linear polymers

Zhong Biao Zhang, Yu Han Teng, William Freas, Dillip K. Mohanty

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Linear polymeric core, polyethylenimine (PEI), is successfully dendronized divergently using different-generation polyamidoamine (PAMAM)-type dendrons. The formed dendronized polymers are further end-capped using long alkyl acrylate, hexyl acrylate, to give macromolecular amphiphiles, which perform as unimolecular nanocontainers, capable of encapsulating water-soluble dye in their interiors. The encapsulation properties are found to be generation-dependent, in which, at higher generations of nanocontainers, the cavity becomes more localized, due to dense packing of the dendrons at their termini.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-630
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 21 2006


  • Amphiphiles
  • Dendrimers
  • Dendronized polymer
  • Encapsulation
  • Unimolecular nanocontainer


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