Equilibrium Structure of Dendrimers – Results and Open Questions
We review the problem of the structure of dendrimers in solution. Special emphasis is placed on recent theoretical work and computer simulations of the equilibrium structure of dissolved dendrimers. These investigations have led to the irrefutable conclusion that flexible dendrimers exhibit a dense-core structure in which the terminal groups are partially folded back. Hence, flexible dendrimers do not have a well-defined surface or interior. These conclusions are in total accord with recent experimental studies employing small-angle neutron scattering.
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