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Dynamically switchable biointerfaces

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Abstract

Smart surfaces can alter their macroscopic properties on demand. Over the past decade, a variety of approaches have been pursued to create reversibly switchable surfaces, which were triggered by several different stimuli. For instance, stimuli-responsive polymers or self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) can be employed to produce switchable surfaces that bind or release cells and proteins in response to external stimuli. Furthermore, anisotropic particles may be used to alter surface properties by controlling particle orientation relative to an interface. This article highlights a selected number of recent developments related to dynamically controlled biointerfaces, discusses some of their prospective applications, and attempts to outline future directions and challenges in this rapidly emerging field.

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The article was received on 17 Sep 2008, accepted on 14 Jan 2009 and first published on 16 Feb 2009


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B816302B
Soft Matter, 2009,5, 1555-1561

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    Dynamically switchable biointerfaces

    A. Sun and J. Lahann, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 1555
    DOI: 10.1039/B816302B

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