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Publication - Professor Charl FJ Faul

    Molecular engineering of polymeric supra-amphiphiles

    Citation

    Chang, Y, Jiao, Y, Symons, H, Xu, J, Faul, CF & Zhang, X, 2019, ‘Molecular engineering of polymeric supra-amphiphiles’. Chemical Society Reviews, vol 48., pp. 989-1003

    Abstract

    Polymeric supra-amphiphiles are amphiphiles that are fabricated by linking polymeric segments, or small molecules and polymeric segments, by noncovalent interactions or dynamic covalent bonds. Compared with conventional amphiphilic polymers, polymeric supra-amphiphiles possess the advantages of facile preparation to some extent and dynamic features. Moreover, polymeric supra-amphiphiles are endowed with richer structure and higher stability compared with small-molecule supra-amphiphiles. Owing to these properties, polymeric supra-amphiphiles have so far shown great promise as surfactants, nanocarriers and in therapies. In this tutorial review, recent work on polymeric supra-amphiphiles, from molecular architectures to functional assemblies, are presented and summarized. Different polymeric supra-amphiphile topologies and related applications are highlighted. By combining polymer chemistry with supramolecular chemistry and colloid science, we anticipate that the study of polymeric supra-amphiphiles will promote the continued development of the molecular engineering of functional supramolecular systems, and lead to applications, especially in drug delivery.

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