Dendritic Macromolecules: New Possibilities for Advanced Bioceramics
Dendrimers are a relatively new class of molecules that display a variety of potentially useful architecture-induced properties. In this chapter, we firstly present a general description of this interesting class of macromolecules, making special emphasis in their current biomedical applications. The combination of dendrimers with ceramics, traditionally used in the biomedical field, provides synergistic features and functions to the resulting hybrid materials. After the dendrimers introduction, an overall description of mesoporous silicas, iron oxide nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes bioceramics, is presented. Finally, recent research examples of dendrimer-functionalized ceramics, both from the synthetic and biomedical applicative points of view, are reviewed.
M. Vallet-Regí and M. Vila
B. González et al., "Dendritic Macromolecules: New Possibilities for Advanced Bioceramics ", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 441, pp. 235-267, 2010