Sharmila MuthukrishnanPhD student
At Macromolekulare Chemie II until 03/2006
Johnson & Johnson
The area of research is related to the synthesis and characterization of novel sugar-carrying polymers, the so called Glycopolymers by using Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Technique (ATRP). The idea is not only confined to the synthesis of new sugar-carrying monomers and homopolymers but to develop the simplest methodology to yield glycopolymers of different architectures. The basic interest lies in the synthesis and characterization of hyperbranched glycopolymers. The polyvalency inherent in carbohydrate-based branched polymers is an important feature, which allows these materials to perform many complicated multivalent processes. These branched glycopolymers with much more compact structure compared to the linear polymers can be manipulated for several biological applications. The so called Self-Condensing Vinyl Copolymerization (SCVCP) via ATRP is the straightforward strategy adopted to synthesize these branched glycopolymers.
Glycopolymers of Different Architectures
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