Polymeric imidazoles and imidazoliums in nanomedicine: Comparison to ammoniums and phosphoniums

Michael H. Allen, Sean T. Hemp, Timothy E. Long

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Polymerized ionic liquids and polyelectrolytes play a major role in a broad range of biological applications including antimicrobials, nonviral gene delivery, synthetic enzymes, metal chelation, and drug delivery. Ammonium- and phosphonium-containing macromolecules will be reviewed with a focus on the literature that examines structure-property relationships of these polyelectrolytes for biological applications. Imidazole-containing macromolecules also receive significant focus due to their natural occurrence in nature and their ubiquitous use in nanomedicine. Special attention to imidazole- and imidazolium-containing polymers will focus on vinylimidazole regioisomers in particular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplications of Ionic Liquids in Polymer Science and Technology
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9783662449035
ISBN (Print)9783662449028
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Ammonium
  • Phosphonium
  • Polyelectrolytes
  • Polymerized ionic liquids
  • Vinylimidazole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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