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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2012, Article ID 609767, 10 pages
Review Article

Self-Assembly of Cholesterol-Containing Water-Soluble Polymers

Department of Materials Science and Chemistry, University of Hyogo, 2167 Shosha, Himeji, Hyogo 671-2280, Japan

Received 15 August 2011; Accepted 29 September 2011

Academic Editor: Eri Yoshida

Copyright © 2012 Shin-ichi Yusa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Self-assembly of amphiphilic polymers containing cholesteryl groups has proved to be attractive in the field of nanotechnology research. Some cholesterol derivatives are known to form ordered structures which indicate thermotropic and lyotropic liquid-crystalline, monolayers, multilayers, micelles, and liposomes. This paper involves the synthesis and characterization of various kinds of amphiphilic polymers bearing cholesteryl moieties.