Current Patents of Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers in Membranes
Tongwen Xu, Jinrong Wang and Yiyun Cheng
Affiliation: School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Jinzhai Road No.96, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China.
Keywords: Dendritic polymer, dendrimer, hyperbranched polymer, membrane
Dendrimers or other hyperbranched polymers are a new class of artificial polymers with unique properties, such as high degree of branching units, high density of surface functional groups, nano-scaled size, well-defined molecular weight and low-dispersity. These features make them attractive materials in the field of membrane science. This review is a short survey of patents on dendrimers and other hyperbranched polymers in membrane fields such as proton exchange membranes, bipolar membranes, gas separation membranes, and solid-liquid separation membranes, etc.
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