Hyperbranched Polymers: Synthetic Methodology, Properties, and Complex Polymer Architectures

F. Wurm*, H. Frey

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Life is branched! Statistically branched (=hyperbranched) polymers have become an important class of materials in modern chemistry. Not only due to straightforward synthetic approaches which were developed in the last decade but also due to the vast amount of available monomers, hyperbranched polymers have replaced perfect dendrimers in many areas and they will have an even higher impact in future. This chapter highlights classic and modern syntheses of hyperbranched polymers and their unique properties and presents their versatility in the macromolecular toolbox for the design of complex nonlinear architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Reference, 10 Volume Set
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780080878621
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Degree of branching
  • Dendrimer
  • Hyperbranched polymers
  • Inimer
  • Linear hyperbranched block copolymers
  • Polycondensation
  • Ring-opening multibranching polymerization
  • Self-condensing
  • Star polymers


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