Dendrimer disassembly by benzyl ether depolymerization

Sheng Li, Michael L. Szalai, Robert M. Kevwitch, Dominic V. McGrath

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The disassembly of dendritic structures was realized by a cascade cleavage reaction triggered by an initially stimulated group in the dendrimer periphery. A depolymerizable backbone was engineered into prototypical dendritic structures. Evidence for the completion of the disassembly process is provided by the absorbance peak of the p-nitrophenoxide ion that was intentionally installed at the focal point of the dendrons. Observation of the UV spectra during the disassembly process supports a stepwise cascade cleavage proceeding from the periphery into the core.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10516-10517
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 3 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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