Applications of Dendrimers in Catalysis pp. 325-360
Authors: (G. Rajesh Krishnan, Krishnapillai Sreekumar, Department of Applied Chemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala, India)
Abstract: Dendrimers are highly monodisperse organic nanoparticles prepared by an iterative method of synthesis. They are considered as the fourth generation polymer architecture. Due to their particular structure and the properties arising due to this structure, dendrimers have aroused the curiosity of scientists from all disciplines of research ranging from chemistry to medicine. Catalysis is an area of science really blessed by dendrimers. Contrary to their high molecular weight, many dendrimers have shown well defined solubility properties and because of that dendrimers are considered to have filled up the gap between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. Dendrimers offer a number of possibilities in fine tuning the activity and selectivity of many catalysts by properly attaching them to the dendrimers. The present chapter deals with the developments in catalysis after the materialization of dendrimers.