Recent developments in amphiphilic polymers - A review

Author(s): Pravin G.Kadam, Shashank T.Mhaske

Amphiphilic polymers are unusual materials having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic parts. They have varied applications, as in drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, as surfactant in polymer synthesis, as compatibilizer in blend incompatible polymers etc. There are various methods used for preparing this novel compounds like general free radical assisted synthesis, group transfer polymerization, graft polymerization, reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT), atomtransfer radical polymerization (ATRP) etc. An attempt is made in this review to enlist the recent developments in the above-mentioned methods for the synthesis of amphiphilic polymers.

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