New Work Uses Cheaper TREN as Ligand for SET-LRP

The group has published a new paper in Polymer Chemistry. The work examines the replacement of Me6-TREN, a common ligand for SET-LRP, by TREN, which is 80 times cheaper. It is shown that high chain end functionality and controlled polymer growth can be achieved in a diverse range of water-organic solvent mixtures, further reducing the cost of SET-LRP for large-scale application.

The work was led in our group by Adrian Moreno and Silvia Grama, as part of a collaboration with the group of Gerard Lligadas at University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.

New Paper in Angewandte Chemie Designated as a Hot Paper

A paper recently published by the group in Angewandte Chemie International Edition has been designated as a Hot Paper. The paper reports the use of glycodendrimersomes as a platform for the interrogation of sugar binding to a variety of natural and engineered human lectins, to examine the impact of spatial factors on aggregation activity. It was discovered that two aspects of lectin functionality respond non-uniformly to structural changes in the lectins.

The work was led in our group by Qi Xiao in collaboration with researchers from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (Germany), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany), CSIC Ramiro de Maeztu (Spain), and Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).