Equilibrium Structure of Dendrimers – Results and Open Questions

  • Christos N. Likos
  • Matthias BallauffEmail author
Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 245)


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.

Dendrimers Small-angle neutron scattering Small-angle X-ray scattering Monte-Carlo simulation Molecular Dynamics Effective interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik IIHeinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Physikalische Chemie IUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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