Synthesis and Application of Functional Polymers with Highly Branched Nanostructures

October 16, 2015

Haifeng Gao

This presentation discusses our recent progress on developing new strategies to synthesize functional polymers with controlled nanostructures and exploring their intriguing properties. One-pot polymerization methods were developed for facile synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with tunable molecular weights, low polydispersity and high degree of branching. These strategies include 1) the polymerization of inimers in confined space and 2) chain-growth polymerization of AB2 monomers in solution. The produced hyperbranched polymers can be easily functionalized with various reactive groups in different layers and show promising properties as unimolecular containers in siRNA delivery.