Dendritic Macromolecules at the Interface of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Jean M.J. Fréchet*

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As a result of their unique architecture and structural as well as functional versatility, dendrimers have generated considerable interest in numerous areas of the physical sciences, engineering, as well as the biological sciences. Both their size - in the 1-10 nm range - and their globular shape resemble those of many proteins suggesting a host of biomimetic and nanotechnological applications. This brief highlight describes some of our recent work with nascent applications of dendrimers as unimolecular nanoreactors, as nanoscale antennae for energy harvesting and transduction, and as nanosized carriers for diagnostic or therapeutic applications. While implementation of some of these applications may still be distant, the impatient critic might remember that new markets are not created overnight as demonstrated by the slow commercial acceptance of many promising molecules and technologies with development frequently extending decades after their initial discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalysis
  • Dendrimers
  • Light-harvesting
  • Nanotechnology
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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