2014, XXIII, 202 p. 109 illus., 21 illus. in color.
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Nominated as an Outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Reviews current literature on cyclodextrin governed macromolecular architectures
Collates a broad range of methods for the synthesis of polymers with supramolecular recognition units
In this thesis, Bernhard Schmidt describes his research into two fields in the chemical sciences: supramolecular and macromolecular chemistry. Schmidt first investigates cyclodextrins (CDs), which are well know for the formation of supramolecular host/guest complexes with hydrophobic molecules in aqueous solution. Schmidt then also examines reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization as a well-suited toll for the synthesis of water-soluble end-funcitonalized polymers. The author skilfully combines both concepts as a powerful tool to access reversibly forming macromolecular architectures. The novel methods and architectures presented in this work are highly interesting from both a fundamental point of view as well as a basis for the design of efficient drug release systems. The work in this thesis has led to a number of publications in top peer-reviewed journals.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Cyclodextrin Complex - Miktoarm Star Polymers - Polymer Architecture - Raft Polymerization - Stimuli Responsive Polymers - Supramolecular Architecture - Thermoresponsivity of PDEAAm - Three Armed Star Polymers - Triblock Copolymers