Discovery of dendrimers and dendritic polymers: A brief historical perspective

Donald A. Tomalia*, Jean M.J. Fréchet

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A brief historical perspective relating the discovery of dendrimers and other dendritic polymers is presented. Dendritic polymers are recognized as the fourth major class of macromolecular architecture consisting of four sub-classes, namely, (1) random hyper-branched, (2) dendrigrafts, (3) dendrons, and (4) dendrimers. The previous literature is reviewed with anecdotal events leading to implications for dendrimers in the emerging science of nanotechnology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2719-2728
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial proteins
  • Dendrigrafts
  • Dendrimers
  • Hyper-branched
  • Nano-technology
  • Telechelics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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