Moore, Jeffrey S. Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
Last reviewed:January 2020
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A large molecule having a well-defined three-dimensional structure. Dendritic macromolecules play a crucial role in the chemistry of living systems. In contrast to the high level of structural precision that characterizes many biologically active macromolecules, the sizes and shapes of macromolecules made by polymer chemists are usually far less controlled. Most synthetic polymers are best described as statistical mixtures. However, chemists have sought to develop ways to prepare large molecules with more control over their architecture. If properly designed, such molecules might be capable of performing chemical or physical functions reminiscent of the macromolecules found in living systems.
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