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Recent trends in pH/thermo-responsive self-assembling hydrogels: from polyions to peptide-based polymeric gelators

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Abstract

In this article, we highlight some recent developments in “smart” physical hydrogels achieved by self-assembling of block type macromolecules. More precisely we focus on two interesting types of gelators namely conventional ionic (or ionogenic) block copolymers and peptide-based polymers having as a common feature their responsiveness to pH and/or temperature which are the main triggers used for potential biomedical applications. Taking advantage of the immense skills of conventional block copolymer hydrogelators, namely macromolecular design, self-assembling mechanism, gel rheological properties, responsiveness to various triggers and innovative applications, the development of novel self-assembling gelators, integrating the new knowledge emerging from the peptide-based systems, opens new horizons towards bio-inspired technologies.

Graphical abstract: Recent trends in pH/thermo-responsive self-assembling hydrogels: from polyions to peptide-based polymeric gelators

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The article was received on 03 Nov 2015, accepted on 05 Jan 2016 and first published on 05 Jan 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02710A
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Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 1344-1359
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    Recent trends in pH/thermo-responsive self-assembling hydrogels: from polyions to peptide-based polymeric gelators

    C. Chassenieux and C. Tsitsilianis, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 1344
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02710A

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