Surface modification of polymers using supramolecular compounds

  • E. Schollmeyer
  • H. -J. BuschmannEmail author
  • K. Jansen
  • A. Wego
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 121)


Cyclodextrins and cucurbit[6]uril are macrocyclic host molecules with rigid cavities. They are able to form complexes with a large number of organic molecules in solution. The fixation of cyclodextrins on polymer surfaces offers new applications for the use of textiles if the ability to form complexes is maintained. The cyclodextrins can act as depots for cosmetics, pharmaceutics, fragrances and perfumes. The complexed substances are only released in contact with the human skin owing to the presence of humidity. The complexes of cyclodextrins and cucurbit[6]uril can also be used as starting material for the synthesis of rotaxanes. Comparable synthetic strategies applied on polymer foils result in the formation of surface rotaxanes.

Key words

Cyclodextrins Cucurbit[6]uril Rotaxane Surface rotaxanes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Schollmeyer
    • 1
  • H. -J. Buschmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Jansen
    • 1
  • A. Wego
    • 1
  1. 1.Deutsches TextilforschungszentrumKrefeldGermany

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