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Structures and synthesis of zwitterionic polymers

  • The structures and synthesis of polyzwitterions ("polybetaines") are reviewed, emphasizing the literature of the past decade. Particular attention is given to the general challenges faced, and to successful strategies to obtain polymers with a true balance of permanent cationic and anionic groups, thus resulting in an overall zero charge. Also, the progress due to applying new methodologies from general polymer synthesis, such as controlled polymerization methods or the use of "click" chemical reactions is presented. Furthermore, the emerging topic of responsive ("smart") polyzwitterions is addressed. The considerations and critical discussions are illustrated by typical examples.

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Author:André LaschewskyORCiDGND
ISSN:2073-4360 (print)
Parent Title (English):Polymers
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Review
Year of first Publication:2014
Year of Completion:2014
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:betaine; monomer; polyampholyte; polymerization; polyzwitterion; post-polymerization modification; review; synthesis; zwitterionic group
First Page:1544
Last Page:1601
Funder:Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [La611/9]; Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Chemie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access