Thinking outside the 'block': alternative polymer composition for micellar drug delivery

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With a number of formulations currently in clinical trials, the interest in polymer micelles as drug carriers in unlikely to subside. Historically, linear diblock copolymers have been used as the main building block in micelle preparation. Still, recent advances in polymer chemistry have meant that a wider variety of polymer architectures and compositions have become available and evaluated for pharmaceutical applications. This mini-review aims to provide an overview of the exciting developments in triblock, graft and hyperbranched polymer chemistries that may change the way polymeric micelles drug formulations are prepared.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2254-2266
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2015


  • Drug delivery, Micelles, Polymers, Drug formulation, Onion-like micelles, Unimolecular micelles