Dendrimers are constructed by the successive addition of layers to the branching groups. The synthesis of dendrimers involves a core molecule with branching groups to which other branching molecules are added (see figure below) in layers. Each new layer is called a generation. The final generation can incorporate additional active groups that give the particular functionality to the dendrimer.
When making dendrimers, Starpharma's chemists can control their physical and chemical properties with the selection of the core, branching and surface molecules determining the properties of the different dendrimers required for pharmaceutical, life science, chemical and materials applications.