Special Issue "Cyclodextrin-Based Polymers: From Synthesis to Applications"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 January 2024 | Viewed by 879

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Department for Biomaterials Research, Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 41 Bratislava, Slovakia
Interests: cyclodextrins; bioorthogonal chemistry; polysaccharides; implantable hydrogel; supramolecular chemistry; drug delivery systems; injectable hydrogel; characterization of hydrogels
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1. Research Laboratory of Dendrimers and Biopolymers, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, P.O. Box 51666 Tabriz, Iran
2. Research Center for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Biomedicine Institute, Tabriz University of Medical Science, P.O. Box 51666 Tabriz, Iran
Interests: biopolymers; dendrimers; polysaccharides; hydrogels; drug delivery systems
Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via P. Giuria 9, 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: nanoparticles; drug delivery systems; cyclodextrins; DNA delivery
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Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, 06100 Ankara, Turkey
Interests: nanoparticles; drug delivery systems; formulation development; nanomedicines; cyclodextrins; polymeric nanoparticles; tumor targeting; cancer nanotechnology; cancer immunotherapy; bioavailability/bioequivalence; complex drugs
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Dear Colleagues,

Cyclodextrins (CDs) are cyclic oligosaccharides with unique conical structures that enable the design and synthesis of CD-based polymers with desired structures and functions. Two types of CD-based polymers, including (1) polymers containing CD units as parts of the backbone and (2) polymers with CD units as side chains, have been developed intensively. A wide range of CD derivatives serving as starting materials and polymer-network-forming reactions offer an enormous variety in the physicochemical properties of these materials, predominantly referred to as inclusion complex formation. In this Special Issue, we call for papers concerning the design, synthesis, characterization, and insights into the structure–property relationships of CDs-based polymers, as well as CDs-based polymers for the design of polymeric materials such as supramolecular hydrogels and nanoparticles. In addition, we welcome papers discussing the potential applications of these materials in different areas of science and technology, such as the pharmaceutical industry, food industry, tissue engineering, delivery systems for macromolecules, wound dressing, cosmetics, agricultural materials, water purification, drug delivery, gene therapy, and the treatment of infections. Thus, we invite research articles and reviews addressing and presenting cyclodextrin-polymer-related subjects.

Dr. Abolfazl Heydari
Prof. Dr. Hassan Namazi
Prof. Dr. Roberta Cavalli
Prof. Dr. Erem Bilensoy
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  • cyclodextrin
  • crosslinking
  • polymers
  • host–guest interaction
  • supramolecular hydrogels
  • nanoparticles

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Palladated Cyclodextrin Nanosponge-Alginate Dual Bead as an Efficient Catalyst for Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes in Aqueous Solution
Polymers 2023, 15(15), 3240; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15153240 - 29 Jul 2023
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In this study, we present a novel composite material consisting of β-cyclodextrin nanosponge and sodium alginate, used as a support for the immobilization of palladium (Pd) nanoparticles. The composite alginate-cyclodextrin nanosponge beads were prepared, taking advantage of the 3D polymeric network and β-cyclodextrin [...] Read more.
In this study, we present a novel composite material consisting of β-cyclodextrin nanosponge and sodium alginate, used as a support for the immobilization of palladium (Pd) nanoparticles. The composite alginate-cyclodextrin nanosponge beads were prepared, taking advantage of the 3D polymeric network and β-cyclodextrin cavity of the nanosponge. These beads exhibited excellent encapsulation capabilities for hydrophobic substrates, allowing their transfer in aqueous media. The cyclodextrin nanosponge served as a stabilizer for Pd nanoparticles and facilitated phase transfer. Additionally, the sodium alginate bead contributed to the robustness of the structure and improved the recovery and recyclability of the composite material. Comparative studies with control catalysts confirmed the beneficial effect of incorporating cyclodextrin nanosponge within alginate beads, particularly for more hydrophobic substrates. Optimization of reaction conditions revealed that employing 0.03 g of catalyst per mmol of nitroarene at 45 °C resulted in the maximum yield within 90 min. Evaluation of the substrate scope demonstrated the hydrogenation capability of various substrates with different electronic properties under the developed protocol. Notably, the nitro group was selectively reduced in substrates featuring competing functionalities. Furthermore, the recyclability and stability of the composite catalyst were confirmed, making it a promising candidate for sustainable catalysis. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyclodextrin-Based Polymers: From Synthesis to Applications)
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