The request of new materials, matching strict requirements to be applied in precision and patient-specific medicine, is pushing for the synthesis of more and more complex block copolymers. Amphiphilic block copolymers are emerging in the biomedical field due to their great potential in terms of stimuli responsiveness, drug loading capabilities and reversible thermal gelation. Amphiphilicity guarantees self-assembly and thermoreversibility, while grafting polymers offers the possibility of combining blocks with various properties in one single material. These features make amphiphilic block copolymers excellent candidates for fine tuning drug delivery, gene therapy and for designing injectable hydrogels for tissue engineering. This manuscript revises the main techniques developed in the last decade for the synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers for biomedical application. Strategies for fine tuning the properties of these novel materials during synthesis are discussed. A deep knowledge of the synthesis techniques and their effect on the performance and the biocompatibility of these polymers is the first step to move them from the lab to the bench. Current results predict a bright future for these materials in paving the way towards a smarter, less invasive, while more effective, medicine.

Amphiphilic copolymers in biomedical applications: Synthesis routes and property control / Perin, Francesca; Motta, Antonella; Maniglio, Devid. - In: MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. C, BIOMIMETIC MATERIALS, SENSORS AND SYSTEMS. - ISSN 0928-4931. - ELETTRONICO. - 123:(2021), pp. 111952.1-111952.15. [10.1016/j.msec.2021.111952]

Amphiphilic copolymers in biomedical applications: Synthesis routes and property control

Perin, Francesca;Motta, Antonella;Maniglio, Devid
2021

Abstract

The request of new materials, matching strict requirements to be applied in precision and patient-specific medicine, is pushing for the synthesis of more and more complex block copolymers. Amphiphilic block copolymers are emerging in the biomedical field due to their great potential in terms of stimuli responsiveness, drug loading capabilities and reversible thermal gelation. Amphiphilicity guarantees self-assembly and thermoreversibility, while grafting polymers offers the possibility of combining blocks with various properties in one single material. These features make amphiphilic block copolymers excellent candidates for fine tuning drug delivery, gene therapy and for designing injectable hydrogels for tissue engineering. This manuscript revises the main techniques developed in the last decade for the synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers for biomedical application. Strategies for fine tuning the properties of these novel materials during synthesis are discussed. A deep knowledge of the synthesis techniques and their effect on the performance and the biocompatibility of these polymers is the first step to move them from the lab to the bench. Current results predict a bright future for these materials in paving the way towards a smarter, less invasive, while more effective, medicine.
Perin, Francesca; Motta, Antonella; Maniglio, Devid
Amphiphilic copolymers in biomedical applications: Synthesis routes and property control / Perin, Francesca; Motta, Antonella; Maniglio, Devid. - In: MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. C, BIOMIMETIC MATERIALS, SENSORS AND SYSTEMS. - ISSN 0928-4931. - ELETTRONICO. - 123:(2021), pp. 111952.1-111952.15. [10.1016/j.msec.2021.111952]
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