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Recent progress on the biomedical applications of polydopamine nanostructures

Abstract

Polydopamine is a dark brown-black insoluble biopolymer produced by the autoxidation of dopamine. Although its structure and polymerization mechanism has not been fully understood, there has been a rapid increase in the synthesis and application of polydopamine nanostructures in biomedical fields such as drug delivery, photothermal therapy, bone and tissue engineering, cell adhesion and patterning as well as antimicrobial applications. This article is dedicated to review some of the recent polydopamine developments in these biomedical fields. Firstly, the polymerization mechanism is introduced with discussion on factors that influence the polymerization process. The review is followed by the introduction of various forms of polydopamine nanostructures, and their recent applications in biomedical fields especially in drug delivery.

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The article was received on 08 Mar 2017, accepted on 16 May 2017 and first published on 17 May 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7BM00187H
Citation: Biomater. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Recent progress on the biomedical applications of polydopamine nanostructures

    R. Batul, T. Tamanna, A. Khaliq and A. Yu, Biomater. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7BM00187H

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